Green Market to host a 'Trini Chocolate Factory' this Saturday
This Saturday, the Green Market will celebrate International Chocolate Day for the fifth year. Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory will have nothing on the vast array of vendors with their clever and innovative chocolate products and special menus—including chocolate samosa with coconut sauce, chocolate crepes and liqueurs as well as soaps, lotions and artisanal crafts on the theme.
Traditional “dancing the cocoa” will take place at 10:30 AM accompanied by Balki and Joseph playing their cuatros and singing.
With public education in mind, there will be mini Edible Talks by Christopher Paul, president of the Montserrat Cocoa Farmers Cooperative, Fitz Waldropt from the National Cocoa Board and a special performance from One Seed for Change dramatizing traditional cocoa farming. The chocolatiers will be on hand to talk about their craft and challenges.
In conjunction with Destination Chocolate, an umbrella organisation of stakeholders in the chocolate industry and cocoa growers, there will be three workshops: Truffle Making with Phillipa’s Garden, Bean to Bar with OmarBeans and Chocolate Tasting with ARC (Association of Rural Communities.
Workshops cost $20.
Children are especially invited to take part in a Chocolate Trivia Treasure Hunt, which starts at 10 AM.
“We are really encouraged by the refinement of the chocolatiers and the new entrants but of course we want to emphasize the need for sustainable cacao growing in Trinidad, which is the basis for real industrial diversification,” explained Vicki Assevero, Executive Director of the Green Market.
International Chocolate Day is one of the Market’s most patronised festivals and additional parking will be at the Santa Cruz R.C. School with shuttle service provided.
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