Award Winning Chef to Give Demonstration at Big Island Chocolate Festival

Watch how to make two decadent chocolate dessert sensations at a fun, how-to culinary demonstration by Valrhona Pastry Chef Vincent Bourdin.

Chef Vincent Bourdin

Chef Vincent Bourdin

Time is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3. It’s all part of the three-day Big Island Chocolate Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.

The award-winning Singapore chef will show step-by-step how to prepare a breakfast pastry, Verrine A La Coque, and a shortbread treat, Queen Bahibe. Fee is $30 and sampling is included.

Buy tickets online or at the door, www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com.

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc. Mahalo to sponsors and community supporters: The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Guittard, DeZaan, Valrhona, PreGel, The Wave-92.1, Big Island Honda and Tire Center, Bacardi, Dolphin Journeys, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Cocoa Outlet, Callebaut Chocolate, Cacao Cucina, DHX, Gourmet Foods Hawaii, Johnson Brothers of Hawaii, Ke Ola magazine, Kona Brewing Company, Kona Natural Soap Company, Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, West Hawaii Today and The Spoon Shop.

The mission and goal of KCA is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawai‘i by presenting BICF as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts. For information, visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com

Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Marks 10 Years… Nation’s Only “Tree to Bar” Operation

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The slogan “made from scratch” rings true for The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, which is marking its 10th anniversary. The company produces Hawaii’s premier chocolate, a 100% locally grown and made product that has won numerous awards and accolades, including a recent top rating from UK chocolate reviewer, Lee McCoy.

Bob and Pam Cooper (front) and their team at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory

Founded, owned and operated by Bob and Pam Cooper, The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory creates three kinds of single-origin chocolate exclusively from 100 percent Hawaiian cacao. Their latest variety, criollo, is a rare chocolate, says owner/operator Bob Cooper. “Only 15 percent of the world’s chocolate is made from this type of bean. The criollo has a unique, earthy and complex flavor.”

Criollo candy bar

The Coopers grow their cacao on the leeward slope of Mt. Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii, as well as purchase cacao from local artisan cacao growers. Small tours and tastings are conducted at their chocolate factory and plantation…