Cacao is native to the Americas, and the Toledo District of southern Belize is recognized for its superior cacao. These cacao beans are a significant export crop and, within country, are transformed into distinctive and high quality chocolate.
Every Commonwealth Day Holiday Weekend (late May) we celebrate this marvellous food, and many devoted followers return to Toledo each year to find out what's new in the world of chocolate making. This will be the tenth year the Festival will be growing awareness of Belizean chocolate, and continue to capture a wider international audience.
Join us for a three-day celebration of Belizean chocolate and the cacao-driven culture of the Toledo District.
This year, the event kicks off with guests enjoying a night of socializing while sampling a wide variety of chocolate delicacies along with gourmet wines at Garbutt's Marina on Friday, May 19th. Lively music sets the stage for a great night of indulging and dancing off some of those chocolate calories!
The following day is the Chocolate Street Fair, held on Front Street in Punta Gorda town which is closed to traffic during the fair. With a bounty of booths to explore, shopping for local crafts and unique products is a must! Of course, sampling the variety of foods available is a mouthwatering treat as well.
The three-day event ends at the nearby Nim Li Punit site, where Maya dancing and culture captivates the day. If you plan to attend this festival it is recommended you book your accommodations sooner than later, as local establishments are usually filled during that time.Friday May 19 Wine and Chocolate
An evening of fine chocolates and fine wines at Garbutt's Marina.
Evening Entertainment features The Garifuna CollectiveSaturday March 20 Chocolate Street Fair
Beginning at noon and going till 9pm the town of Punta Gorda comes alive with chocolate and music. Featuring local vendors and Chocolate specialties along with fresh music and entertainment on stage throughout the day.Sunday March 21 Chocolate Cultural Day at Nim Ali Punit
Beginning at 11am come see traditional music and dance as well as the finals of the Chocolate Cup. A treasure of sights and sounds and Maya Chocolate traditions.http://chocolatefestivalofbelize.com