If you are wondering why this blog has been rather 'quiet' for the last week or so, it is because I am traveling...for chocolate! I am in Grenada for the Grenada Chocolate Festival, an annual event organized by the owner of True Blue Bay boutique resort in Grenada. It is a week long adventure of cacao, cocoa farm visits, great food, and wonderful single origin chocolate. I am enjoying this festival thoroughly, which is why I haven't been spending a lot of time writing about it! But don't worry, I'll tell you all about it once I am back. Here are a few highlights to tide you over until then....
On Monday, we took an extensive tour of Belmont Estate, a cacao plantation in Grenada. While there, we learned about different types of cacao, growing cacao, seedlings, grafting, fermentation, drying cocoa beans, and more.
After, we had the most delicious lunch at Belmont Estate restaurant. Beautiful view and chocolate in my food, what more could I ask for?
Belmont then announced their launch of a new craft chocolate factory. Tree to bar chocolate is the way to go! All the ingredients they need to make chocolate are grown and processed right there on the farm (well, except maybe the sugar).
Yesterday we visited the Diamond Chocolate Factory for a short tour. This factory makes the Jouvay Chocolate brand.
Today we are heading to the Grenada Chocolate Factory, and learning all about Mott Green, and his important impact in the world of chocolate, and Grenadian cocoa.