Chocolate has evolved for many to be beyond an indulgence but an art that unveils the intricacies of cacao beans. Paying ode to the humble cacao bean and craft chocolate, the Indian Cacao And Craft Chocolate Festival is bringing together the craft chocolate industry and enthusiasts through a two-day festival.
After a successful launch in Bangalore last year, The Indian Cacao And Craft Chocolate Festival will be taking place in Mumbai on the 18th and 19th of February 2023. The festival is the brainchild of Patricia Cosma — a bean-to-bar chocolate connoisseur and Ketaki Churi— a Chocolatier from Mumbai and will bring together Homegrown cacao farmers, bean-to-bar chocolate makers, pastry chefs, and chocolatiers from across India.
The two festive days allow chocolate enthusiasts to indulge in the craft chocolate experience through activities that provide an insight into the creation of chocolates, the versatility of Indian cacao bean, chocolate pairing with cheese, a music and chocolate tasting, and an introspective card game session with cacao, each session unveiling the various aspects of Indian-origin chocolate. The workshops and conferences will be conducted by chocolatier and chocolate experts such as Chef Sanjana Patel of La Folie, Manali Khandelwal and Prasanna Gudi of Subko Coffee, and Mansi Reddy of Mason & Co., among others.
Speaking passionately about her chocolate journey which commenced in 2016 and culminated in Indian Cacao & Craft Chocolate Festival, Patricia Cosma says, “I discovered India’s huge potential in cacao and craft chocolate 5 years back, the time I first visited India. A lot of farm visits, connections, and personal chocolate experiments followed. The deeper I got into this exploration the more I felt the need of bringing all these beautiful passionate people together in what we see as the community of craft chocolate in India. Together with them, we want to create a culture around craft chocolate similar to what happened with speciality coffee.”
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