Sunday, April 12th 2015. BMG: Each year in the month of May, Belizeans and chocolate lovers flock to the Toledo District for their annual Chocolate Festival. Since the festival’s inception in 2007, it has been a raging success attracting hundreds of visitors who get to sample all the wonderful treats made of chocolate.
The ever popular event is designed to raise awareness of the Toledo District as a responsible tourism destination, and to extend the tourist season. It helps improve the lives of many families, whether through direct employment in the tourism industry, or through the ‘ripple effect’ of spreading the economic activity throughout the District.
The 9th Annual Chocolate Festival will kick off on May 22nd, with a Wine and Chocolate Gala from 7pm to 11:30 pm. The event continues throughout the weekend with a plethora of cultural presentations and many family activities.
Cacao is native to the Americas, and the Toledo District, in southern Belize is recognized for its superior cacao. These cacao beans are a significant export crop and, within country, are transformed into distinctive and high quality chocolate grown by farmer members of the Toledo Cacao Growers Association.
Proceeds from the event are injected into community projects for the Town. Past projects have included the refurbishment of Central Park, assisting with the Sea Front Inn’s initiative to paint the murals on PG’s clock tower, and the refurbishment of the Visitor’s Centre at Lubaantun.
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