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Fairchild Chocolate Festival 2008
Pictures of the 2nd Annual International Chocolate Festival at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, FL.

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Hammock Lake

 
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Bailey Palm Glade

 
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Garden House Lawn

 

The 2nd Annual International Chocolate Festival was held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden situated in the Coral Gables suburb of Miami Florida.

The event took place on the weekend of January 26 and 27th from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Admission was $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for children 6-17 years of age, free for children under 5, and also free for Fairchild Members.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Coral Gables, FL 33156. The staff can be reached by phone at 305-667-1651.

Some of the fun features of the festival included the educational "ChocoWalk", the "ChocoKids" area, the relaxing "ChocoSpa", the "House of Chocolate", and free samples from a variety of local chocolate vendors.

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The Corbin House

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Chocolate Fashion
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Food Vendors
We walked around most of the gardens before going back to sample all the chocolate treats inside the Corbin House. To see those pictures, go ahead and skip ahead to my Fairchild Chocolate Festival Page Two.
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Tree Shaded Walkway
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Lichtenstein Artwork
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"Modern Head"
During the chocolate festival we were also able to take a look at the Roy Lichtenstein sculptures that were on display at various locations within the Fairchild gardens. The Lichtenstein exhibit has been at the garden since December 8th 2007 and will they remain there until May 31st 2008. On Thursday evenings the Fairchild staff lights up the metal sculptures for their "Pop'N Tropical Nights" events. The small remaining collection of Dale Chihuly's blown glass art also gets the same lighting effect to create the "Garden of Glass" display.
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Lichtenstein @ Fairchild
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Bench, Lake & Palm Trees
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Monarch Butterfly

If you wanted something else tasty to eat in between chocolate samplings there were a collection of food vendors such as CJ's Grill, Rossella's Frenesy, Poblano Mexican Enchiladas, M&L Carib Conch, Gaby's Tropical Ice Cream, Dutch Magic, Crepemaker and the Garden Cafe.

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Dec. 8th '07 - May 31st '08
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Cacti Plants & Desert Palms
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Spiny Forest of Madagascar

Inside the Fairchild Garden House there were cacao trees on display, some of the best chocolatiers in South Florida, author Susana Trilling with her book "Seasons of my Heart", Sher Ber's Chocolate Collection, author Victoria Laine with her book "Health By Chocolate", Les Dames De Chocolat and the Anecacao Ecudorean chocolate association.

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Semi-Arid Trees
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Vohibola Nature Reserve
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Desert Plant Life
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Victoria Amazonica Pool
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Water Lily
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"Brushstrokes"
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1996 Painted Aluminum Art
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"Brushstroke Nude"
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1993 Painted Aluminum
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Veranda & Shop
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Bridal Bouquet Flowers
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Plumeria Pudica Sign


 
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Whole Foods Market Tent
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Cooking Demonstration
We went over to the Whole Foods Market Cooking Demonstration Pavilion just in time to see the chefs from the Talula Restaurant in Miami Beach, Andrea Curto-Randazzo & Frank Randazzo, prepare a delicious Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Strawberry Bread Pudding recipe for the crowd.
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Talula Chefs - Miami Beach
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Chocolate Strawberry Dessert
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Pandanus Lake Lawn
There was a long list of demonstrations happening through out the day including "Grown-Up S'mores with Rudy Straker from ROS Catering, "Cacao 101" with Maricel Presilla, "Health By Chocolate" with Victoria Laine, "Chocolate Truffles" with Edgar Leal from the Cacao Restaurant, "Chocolate Budin" with Susana Trilling, Chef Jennifer Gebis from Trina Restaurant, Chef John Gerbaut, "Chocolate Celebration" with Chef Rob from Sensational Chocolates, and "Chocolate Pizza" with Chef Paul & Chef Audrey from the Captain's Tavern.
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Pandanus Lake
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Waterfalls
While inside the Garden House we were able to snag a few samples from the chocolate vendors and chocolatiers. Some of the companies in attendance were the Sugar Shack, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Patchi Le Chocolat, Oliver Kita Chocolates, the Chuao Chocolatier, Chocolove Premium Chocolate, Chocolate Sensation, Amazing Chocolate Cascades, the Chocolate Fashion Bakery and Romanicos Chocolates.
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Tall & Thin Palm Tree
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Rainforest Choco Facts
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Pink & White Flower
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Sunlit Down Hanging Flower
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Rainforest Pathway
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Sunlit Palm Frond
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Babbling Brook
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Learning Garden
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Slow Motion Waterfalls
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Chihuly At Fairchild
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Dale Chihuly Exhibit
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Blown Glass Art
On this page you'll see a few pictures of Dale Chihuly's blown glass artwork from the "Chihuly At Fairchild" exhibit. We visited the gardens when the entire venue was covered in his colorful pieces. To see the pictures from that visit click on the following link - Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Art @ Fairchild Garden.
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Reflections In Water
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Tropics Conservatory
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Purple Orchids
The 2008 Fairchild International Chocolate Festival was sponsored in part by Bank of America (Chocokids Learning Garden),  the Whole Foods Market (cooking demonstrations ingredients),  Equinox,  Spa Parties and Orgins (the ChocoSpa).
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White & Yellow Orchids
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