May 18, 2022

Charlie Doodle

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Festival Introduces a Refreshed Weekend Lineup, Indulgent Treats, and Interactive Experiences

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the historic botanical garden that is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world, is welcoming back visitors to celebrate their annual Festival of Chocolate. South Florida’s favorite weekend of sweets and delights is coming back for the fifteenth consecutive year with new vendors and a fresh take on the event, giving visitors a chance to stroll through the lush 83-acre garden and enjoy a weekend of tasty treats and fun activations throughout.

Chocolate lovers will be sure to learn something new through exploring the life cycle of a cacao plant in Fairchild’s very own Rainforest. For many, it may be the first time to see a cacao plant growing firsthand in South Florida. Throughout the day, the community will celebrate the art of chocolate though informative lectures on cooking with the unique ingredient and demonstrations from Miami’s master chefs and chocolatiers.  Did we mention there will also be a cupcakes and cocktails parings throughout the weekend? 

To complete the sweet weekend, the community will be able to explore a savory bites village, the bounty of the gardens and explore unique culinary creations that utilize the star of the show, chocolate! Chocolate Garden is truly the most delicious festival in South Florida.  

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday January 15 & 16, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables, FL. 33156

 HOW: Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.  Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL. 33156. For more information, please visit or call 305 667 1651.


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Garden is currently celebrating its 84th anniversary in the community.  Established in 1938 and comprising of 83 acres, Fairchild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants.  The Garden is recognized both nationally and internationally as the premier leader in conservation and education-based programs with field operations in over 20 countries including support to protected areas globally from Madagascar to Central America.  Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 300,000 schoolchildren each year with programs like The Fairchild Challenge, The Million Orchid Project, Growing Beyond Earth, and its BioTECH High School.  Special events include Chocolate, Mango and Orchid Festivals in addition to art exhibitions, concerts, plant sales and more.  Information at and follow at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

**The 2022 line-up includes: 

Chocolatiers and Decadent Sweets  

  • Club ChoKolate
  • CAO Chocolates
  • GoDark Chocolates
  • Susi Licious Bake Shop
  • Exquisito Chocolates
  • Circus Eats
  • Key West Sweets
  • Garcia Nevett
  • Crepemaker
  • Miguel Bode Honey
  • Keez Beez Raw Honey

Savory Bites (with a chocolate twist)

  • Dutch Magic Enterprises
  • Eat Da Bone BBQ
  • Brigitte Borja
  • M and R Caribbean Conch

The Garden Kitchen

  • Chef demonstrations
  • Mixology and pairings
  • Chocolate inspired classes

Fun for the Kiddos

  • Coco’s Chocolate Adventure: Calling all kids and kids at heart: join us on an adventure through the Garden and learn about how chocolate is made. Complete your mission and earn your limited-edition Expedition Discovery Chocolate Festival 2022 pin.
  • Balloon Artist
  • Chocolate Story Time

Plant Sales

  • Chocolate Orchids
  • Cacao plants

Chocolate Inspired Classes!

How to Cook with Chocolate: Sweet Treats and Rescuing Chocolate 

Saturday, January 15, 2022
1:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Whether we’re after a silky, rich ganache to drizzle over cakes, or the delightfully brittle snap of chocolate bark, in this class we will look at how to master cooking with chocolate. Limited attendees: 15 – 20.


Tea and Chocolate with Admari

Saturday, January 15 & Sunday, January 16, 2022
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Adrienne Etkin Nascimento of Admari joins us to teach about pairing different strengths of chocolate with teas from all over the Asian continent. Limited attendees: 16 – 20.


Growing Cacao Trees with Lara Farms Nursery

Sunday, January 16, 2022
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Julian Lara of Lara Farms Nursery joins in this special discussion of growing cacao trees. What growing conditions are necessary for Cacao? How are the flowers pollinated? What does it take to grow this sensitive, beautiful tree? Unlimited attendees.


Kids’ Cooking Class: Chocolate Bars!

Sunday, January 16, 2022,
3:00 P.M.

A gift for grandparents, a sweet idea for holiday treats, or just good old kitchen fun, we’re making Chocolate Bars! Kids and adults will learn how to choose the right kinds of chocolate for arts and crafts, learn about where chocolate comes from, and everyone will have the chance to get creative with decorating their own chocolate bar!


Cooking with Chocolate: Savory Pairings 

Cocoa’s deeply aromatic and deliciously bitter character has been used in cookery for at least 3000 years! In this class, we focus on the savory end of the spectrum, and learn about pairing cocoa with ingredients that work with our individual palates. We’ll make homemade cocoa pasta, and pair it with a selection of notably different kinds of homemade sauces! Limited attendees: 15 – 20.


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