Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Grenada: 3rd Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival
I was so touched by the people, the spices, the local sense of belonging and of course the beautiful Caribbean sea that I spent the next 12 months talking non-stop about Grenada and planning my next visit!
The 3rd Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival was held in May this year and guess what - I was there again!
The Grenada Chocolate Festival is the idea and dream (and now dream come true) of Magdalena Fielden, who along with her husband Russ and members of their family run True Blue Bay Boutique Resort. The resort is located on - you guessed it - True Blue Bay, as stunningly beautiful and serene resort with a combination of beautiful, colourful and well equipped rooms suites and villas. Mr R came with me last year and we stayed in one of the villas - and fell in love with the place!
Each year the Grenada Chocolate Festival has a theme and this year it was Generation Cacao. Cacao is one of the major products from the island however the three main chocolate farmers are over 65 years old with no one lined up to follow in their footsteps.
Many of the local children do not realise how important cacao (chocolate) is to their heritage and future existence from which the theme of Generation Cacao was born. The task Magdalena has set herself is to educate the local children in the growing of cacao beans, production and exportation of the chocolate end product.
Magdalena officially opens the festival with music, Grenadian dignitaries and guests and the festival officially begins.
Blue Horizons Garden Resort and popped in to the festival in between the other blogging opportunities I had lined up for the day's event.
Other events that took part during the Grenada Chocolate Festival was a chocolate yoga session, the healthy benefits of cacao by visiting Mexican Chocolate Maker and Chocolate Museum Owner of MUCHO-Chocolate Museum, Ana Rita Garcia Lascurian,
Damson Chocolate (two friends that I made last year on the trip that I have kept in touch with back in London),
The 4th Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival is set to be bigger and better than any before and the theme will be 'Heritage Chocolate'. If you are passionate about chocolate, spices and wonderful people (and don't forget the sunshine!) then make sure you attend the 4th Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival in May 2017 - I will be there!!