Fairchild’s chocolate festival larger than before
Fairchild festival: a chocoholic’s dream
When you go to the fourth annual Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden International Chocolate Festival this coming weekend, January 22-24, 2010, you’ll find some changes.
The festival this year will have separate chocolate cake and cupcake contests for adults and for youths under the age of 18. Categories for each contest are single cupcakes, a group of cupcakes, or a cake. All recipes must be owned by the contestant, and chocolate or cocoa must be a main ingredient.
Contest instructions are on the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden Web site.
The recipes also must contain coffee or tea in their list of ingredients. This is a requirement because for the first time this year the Chocolate Festival includes cooking presentations and lectures on growing coffee and tea and their botanical nature.
The other real challenge to the contest instructions is that somehow you have to mention in your entries the past and present art displayed at Fairchild Tropical Garden.
Children, put your imagination to work as Fairchild is this year is displaying two of artist Cameron Gainer’s works, his version of Loch Ness Monster and Forest Through the Trees, a depiction of Bigfoot. You also could have fun trying to create in chocolate one of artist Fernando Botero’s sculptures of amply endowed people or animals.
Bring your entries to Fairchild’s Garden House before 5 PM on Friday, January, 22, and then pick it up by noon on Monday, January 25.
Cooking demonstrations for children and adults, and classes on growing chocolate, are still being organized. Check the daily schedule when you arrive.
Enjoying a visit to Fairchild
Wear comfortable shoes. The festivities will be a long walk from the car. Most of the presentations are outdoors, and the weather in South Florida has been miserable for the last couple of weekends. If it rains, the ground and walkways may be wet and slippery. Bring and wear appropriate layers of clothing in case of another cold snap or rain. Each child and adult should have clothing for all possibilities. Bring a large bag to carry any extra clothing you may need to carry during the mid-day warmth and then put on again later in the afternoon.
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For more info: Fairchild Tropical Gardens