Davao Chocolate festival gets going Friday

THE centerstage is set for the region's 'sweetest festival', the Davao Chocolate Festival slated on Friday to Sunday at The Annex events center of SM City Davao.

Due to the success of last year's celebration, the chocofest will once again showcase chocolate processors and other related enterprises.

The exhibitors include Human Nature, Lara Mia, Cidami, Aromacology, Gatchocolatto, Giardino, The Chocolate Bean, Gourmet Bites, Coco Dolce, Kablon Farms, Tsokolate de San Isidro, Malagos chocolates, Cacao de Davao, SM Supermarket, iChef Kiddie Zone, and Puratos.

The event will be a magnet to those who have the sweet tooth and loves free-taste as it opens with the slicing of a massive chocolate cake which is about 10 feet in diameter at 10 a.m. on Friday. At 4 p.m., Davao's top barristas will entertain the spectators in a Chocolate mocktail challenge.

On Saturday, culinary enthusiasts will enjoy a workshop of the award-winning and officer of the prestigious Pastry Alliance of the Philippines, Chef Jackie Ang Po on her segment titled, Baking Chocolates at Home'. In the afternoon, the search for the year's best chocolate dessert will take place in the activity, Chocalatier's match.

On Sunday, the Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao (Cidami) will give updates on the new things in the cacao industry at 10 a.m.

"We encourage the cacao players to expand their production by value adding especially now that there is a huge demand for cacao in the world market; hence, there is a big opportunity to earn," Cidami executive director Val Turtur said during Monday's Kapehan sa SM at The Annex.

It will be followed by Chef Rolando Laudico's talk on cooking chocolates at 3 p.m. then the city's best chocolate cake during the chocolate cake-off will be announced.

Meanwhile, anyone can score a golden ticket with a single receipt, minimum purchase of P5,000 from any mall tenant. The shoppers will have to present their official receipt at the redemption booth at the ground floor area. These tickets, which are limited only to the first 20, will enable the holders to avail of freebies from the participating exhibitors.

SM City Davao assistant mall manager Engr. Nick D. Saptos, for his part, said shoppers can also win a ticket if they can guess the total number of golden chocolate coins inside the chocolate capsule. To win, they have to post a photo of the capsule with their guess on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with #SMDavaoChocolateFestival. Those who can give a guess closest to the actual number of coins will win. (CCC)
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