When many think of Grenada, they think of Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Cloves. We are, after all, the “Isle of Spice”. However, in addition to the fragrant spice trade, Grenada is also home to a burgeoning chocolate industry.
Grenada’s chocolate tradition
Founded in 1999, the small-batch Grenada Chocolate Company produces high quality organic dark chocolate using locally grown cocoa pods. An eco-conscious company, the company uses solar energy to power their factory and stays carbon neutral by shipping their chocolate overseas using wind-powered vessels. Having won three silver metals at the London Academy of Chocolate, the Grenada Chocolate Company has put Grenada on the map for being home to one of the best fine chocolate makers in the world.
Grenada Chocolate Fest 2014
Expanding upon the 15-year fine chocolate tradition of the Grenada Chocolate Company, local businesses have come together to launch the first Grenada Chocolate Fest 2014. Designed to allow guests to indulge in locally produced chocolate, topics covered during the festival include the old fashioned and ethical ways to grow organic cocoa; instruction of chocolate tempering, molding, and truffle making; how hand-made, small-batch, ethically produced tree-to-bar chocolate is produced; and more.
Dates to remember
Chocolate lovers in town for Carnival are in luck, because the festival gets a head start with the Grenada Spicemas Carnival Chocolate Band. During J’Ouvert and Monday Night Mas, participants can “play” with the band and keep with the chocolate theme with drinking chocolate and chocolate body paint.
The Grenada Chocolate Fest 2014 officially kicks off on Monday, August 18th with visits to two different plantations and a cocoa-chocolate art exhibit. The festival continues on through Sunday, August 24th, with the week’s events spanning hands-on workshops, chocolate-making lessons, chocolate spa treatments, a chocolate champagne sunset tour, crafts bazaars, and more.
Please contact the Laluna front desk to reserve your room during the Grenada Chocolate Fest 2014. During your stay, the concierge will be happy to assist in arranging transport to and from all festival activities.