Treat yourself to a sweet weekend at Fairchild’s 7th annual International Chocolate Festival in Coral Gables. Today is the last day of the event.
The festival is being held today from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botonic Garden, located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Admission to the International Chocolate Festival is free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. For nonmembers, admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. Those who walk, bike, or take public transportation receive $5 off adult admission and $2 off child admission. Those with a Military ID have free admission, with $20 for their spouses and $10 for their children.
During the event, chocolate lovers can enjoy cooking demonstrations, lectures, cocao or coffee plant sales and of course lots of chocolate sampling. At the Edible Garden, vendors will be there to teach the process of making chocolate from scratch. If that’s not enough, the festival also offers a Chocolate Spa, complete with mini massages, manicures, and a yoga class.
During the Choco Walk people can walk through the Rainforest, Conservatory, Tropical Fruit Pavilion, and Garden House to smell chocolate-scented orchids, taste chocolates from around the world, and participate in the interactive demonstration “From Bean to Beverage” presented by The Historic Division of Mars. At the new DiMare Science Village, people can also see the Wings of the Tropics butterfly exhibit.
This year’s festival is sponsored by Whole Foods, AT&T U-Verse, the Mexico Tourism Board, Oficina Comercial del Peru en Miami, and South Miami Hospital.