From May 19th to 20th, the Belize Chocolate Festival 2023 returns to the beautiful coastal town of Punta Gorda, a charming hub of culture and gastronomy in southern Belize. This annual event celebrates the region’s rich cacao farming history and attracts chocolate lovers from around the world. Here’s a taste of what you can expect during this two-day extravaganza, as well as a recommendation on where to stay during your visit.
The Belize Chocolate Festival: A Feast for the Senses
The Belize Chocolate Festival is a unique event that showcases the country’s finest cacao products, including chocolate bars, truffles, and even beverages. Visitors can indulge in an array of chocolate delights from local producers, who prioritize sustainability and work closely with cacao farmers in the Toledo District.
The festival begins with the “Wine and Chocolate” evening, where attendees can sample exquisite wine and chocolate pairings, while live music sets the mood for a night of indulgence. Local artisans also exhibit their crafts, offering a glimpse into the region’s vibrant arts scene.
The main event takes place on the following day, with a bustling street fair in Punta Gorda’s town center. Here, visitors can participate in chocolate-making workshops, learn about the history of cacao farming in Belize, and watch cultural performances, including traditional Mayan dances. With activities for all ages, the Belize Chocolate Festival offers a fun and educational experience for the whole family.
Sustainable Cacao Farming in Belize
The festival is not only a celebration of chocolate, but also a testament to Belize’s commitment to sustainable cacao farming practices. The Toledo District, where Punta Gorda is located, is home to a diverse range of cacao farms, many of which are small, family-owned operations. These farms prioritize organic and sustainable methods, ensuring that Belize’s cacao industry remains environmentally friendly and supports local communities.
Stay at Davis Falls Inn: A Cozy Retreat Near Punta Gorda
To make the most of your visit to the Belize Chocolate Festival, consider staying at the Davis Falls Inn, a charming bed and breakfast just a short drive from Punta Gorda. Nestled amidst lush tropical gardens, the inn offers a serene retreat from the bustling festival activities. The comfortable accommodations, friendly staff, and delicious breakfasts make it the perfect home base for your chocolate-filled adventure.
With its picturesque setting and proximity to the festival, Davis Falls Inn is an ideal choice for travelers looking to experience the best of Belize’s cacao culture. After a day of indulging in the country’s finest chocolates, unwind in the tranquility of the inn, and let the memories of this unforgettable event linger on your taste buds.