Every year in May, the Toledo district and Punta gorda town hold the annual Toledo Cacaofest. A celebration of all things cacao and chocolate, the festival offers "distinct chocolate, and diverse cultures".
The Friday night "Wine and Chocolate" event kicks off the festival each year. Wine and Chocolate Night includes decadent chocolate creations from Cotton Tree Chocolate, as well as chocolates from the other chocolate producers in Belize. There is sumptuous food and premium wines with a closing firework display!
Saturday is "Taste of Toledo" featuring a street fair with crafts, food, music, drumming and of course more chocolate. Tours, tastings and crafts are centered at our factory on Front Street. Other activities include free "cacao for kids' crafts and shows, "sea Toledo" boat rides along the beautiful Caribbean coast of Punta Gorda, and tours of cacao farms.
Sunday closes the festival with "Culture and Harmony". Held at the ancient Maya site of Lubaantun, included is music, archaeological walking tours and presentations, traditional food and music. Past years have featured the ancient "deer dance" of the Maya, the Ballet folklorico from Mexico, and a steel drum troop.
Also near Punta Gorda is our sister company, Cotton Tree Lodge. Cotton Tree Lodge hosts several 'chocolate weeks' each year, where guests can totally immerse themselves in a chocolate experience, including touring cocoa farms and making their own chocolate bars. For more information go to www.cottontreelodge.com