Mexican Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla Festival
Tuesday, March 10, to Sunday, March 15, 2009
10:00am to 6:00pm
Vallarta Botanical Gardens will showcase their collection of chocolate and coffee trees plus vanilla orchids planted en mass during 2008. Educational and inspiring demonstrations, plus a menu dedicated to chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.
Well-known speakers to enlighten us on their specialty at 2pm each afternoon. There is no charge for admission to this Festival other than Garden Entrance Fee of $50 pesos (US$4.00).
The week culminates with a party “Food and Nectar of the Gods”
Saturday evening, March 14th, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
What is the “Food of the Gods”? Chocolate, of course. Nectar of the Gods? Fine Wine.
This delightfully informative evening with 6 pairings of wine and chocolates is co-hosted by Charlotte Semple & Carole Fast of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and Nina Goodhope of La Bodega de Nina Fine Wines. A gourmet Mexican buffet featuring chicken móle is included in the ticket price of $550 pesos.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at:
- Old Town – Xocodiva Chocolates at Rodolfo Gomez #111
- Hotel Zone – The Bookstore in Plaza Caracol
- Marina – Once Upon a Bean Coffee Shop
- Vallarta Botanical Gardens telephone 223-6182
- or from Nina at (044) 322-289-6434
Free transportation provided to and from Lázaro Cárdenas Park in Old Town for this event. Bus departs at 5:00pm, returning at 10:00pm.