Chocolate Lovers Fantasy… The Kona Chocolate Festival is Back

The ninth annual Kona Chocolate Festival is back to sweeten your day on October 15, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Keauhou Beach Resort.  Be prepared to enter a chocolate lover’s dream with 15 to 25 of Hawaii Island’s top chefs creating innovative chocolate creations, along with champagne, wine, and chocolate beer. Melodious Hawaiian music serenades the crowd and sweetens the mood as guests sink their teeth into their favorite chocolate concoctions.

Kona Chocolate Festival

The evening features a variety of exciting events including a cook-off competition with participating regional chefs, chocolate body art, a life size chocolate fondue fountain provided by The Chocolate Guy Hawaii, and complimentary Artisan Micro Brew by Kona Brewing Company.

The crowd will be delighted with non-stop entertainment including the musical styling of one of Hawaii’s most noted, award-winning slack key guitarists, Cyril Pahinui, and dance the night away with live salsa music by Salsa Latinos.

In addition, a silent auction offering a wide variety of exciting items don ated by local businesses will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Kona’s local chapter of The American Culinary Federation’s Chef and Child Program as well as the West Hawaii Community College Culinary School in Kealakekua. For more information or general admission tickets, please call (808) 987-8722 or email [email protected].

“The purpose and goal of this event is to highlight and showcase Hawaii’s unique regional products, with an emphasis on chocolate,” said Jim Heather , general manager of Keauhou Beach Resort.  “Keauhou Beach Resort is proud to be a part of this event that not only supports culinary education opportunities, but also enriches our guests’ vacation experience by showing the diversified agriculture of Hawaii.”

Keauhou Beach Resort is an oceanfront hotel on the sunny Kona Coast of Hawaii Island. Ocean tide pools with gentle sea turtles and gardens with native Hawaiian flowers and trees are part of the resort’s beautiful natural surroundings. Special room rates are available starting from $99 per night.  For more information or reservations, please call (808) 324-2515, Monday-Friday, 7AM-3PM, Hawaii Standard Time, and ask for the Kona Chocolate Festival rate.

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