Grenada is known as the ‘Spice island’ of the Caribbean due to the fragrant scent of the nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla produced on the island. But did you know that Grenada is also home to five chocolate factories? Chocolate is such an important part of the island’s culture and traditions that it even has a dedicated festival – The Chocolate Fest – to celebrate all things chocolate!
The 2021 festival took place from 23rd-28th July, and though sadly none of the Tropic Breeze team could be there in person, we couldn’t help but take a peak at the exciting events that were taking place. One of the great things about Chocolate Fest is the range of events that take place, from cookery classes to factory and estate tours, and there is something for all ages as well. Something that really caught my eye was the “Yoga Chocolate-Tasting Meditation” taking place at True Blue Bay, followed by a Chocolate Brunch at the hotel’s restaurant. Personally I think chocolate and yoga sounds like an amazing combination!
True Blue Bay also hosted a “Make Chocolate like an Aztec” event, telling the story of how the Aztec’s made their chocolate and demonstrating how to grind the cocoa in a traditional Mexican Metate, as well as a “Chocolate Cultural Cooking Experience”, where guests were treated to a seven course dinner accompanied by house wines and cocktails.
A highlight of the Chocolate Fest is also the chance to visit some of Grenada’s chocolate estates, but estate tours are available year round. Belmont Estate for example is a great place to visit whilst on holiday in Grenada. This 300 year old working plantation offers plantation and cocoa tours, where you can see the transformation from bean to bar, and there is also a fascinating museum that gives an insight into Grenada’s traditions and social history, as well as the history of the plantation and people who worked there. There is of course a shop where you can purchase some of the amazing chocolate made on the estate, as well as a cafe and restaurant. Having done a cocoa plantation tour myself, I would highly recommend it – particularly if you are a chocoholic! It is so interesting to see what goes into producing one of our favourite treats and really makes you think about the importance of responsibly sourced produce.
If you think you’d like to experience Grenada for yourself then please do get in touch with us – we’d be delighted to offer you our hotel recommendations and tips to help you get the most out of your visit to this amazing island! Also watch this space for details of when Grenada’s Chocolate Fest will be returning in 2022!
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