Chocolate Jungle: family fun at our chocolate festival
This event is now finished for 2012. At our chocolate festival, people found out the fascinating story of this 'food of the gods', learnt how it’s made and, of course, tasted it!
Chocolate festival activities
Here's a taste of what happened in 2012:
Rainforest Chocolate Quest: family activity trail
Trek through the tallest rainforest in captivity to discover the history of this ‘food of the gods’. Information about this trail will be available from the Visitor Centre or the Information Desk between the two Biomes.
The perfect hands-on session for chocolate lovers. The workshops will take place between 10.30am and 5pm on the decking area in the Mediterranean Biome.
Hot chocolate tastings - book a place on the day as spaces are limited
Let Jim and Alex introduce your tastebuds to a special luxury hot chocolate. The places on the tastings sessions are limited so you need to book a place at one of the tills in the Eden Bakery. Tastings take place at 11am and 3.30pm in the Eden Bakery, between the two Biomes.
Come listen to a tall tale from our Pollination Team. The stories will be told at 12pm and 2pm in the Citrus Grove in the Mediterranean Biome.
Meet the chocolate experts
A variety of great chocolatiers and producers will be here to share their knowledge (and chocolate!) with you.
Mediterranean Biome, Citrus Grove
- 1pm on Sat 11 and Tues 14.
2.30pm on Sun 12, Mon 13, Fri 17 and Sun 19.
Meet Monroe, our resident chocolate expert, and discover how to really taste chocolate.
- 2.30pm on Sat 11, Tues 14, Wed 15 and Sat 18.
From bean to bar. Unwrap the story behind your chocolate.
- 1pm and 3.30pm on Sun 12 and Mon 13.
Meet Claire and Andy from Chococo, with cookery demonstrations from their bestselling book.
- 1pm and 3.30pm on Wed 15 and Thurs 16.
Meet Tom from Nicky Grant Chocolates and learn how to smell and taste chocolate like a professional.
- 1pm on Fri 17, Sat 18 and Sun 19.
Meet Kieran from The Chocolution and discover the benefits of ‘raw’ chocolate.
- 3.30pm on Fri 17, Sat 18 and Sun 19.
Meet Jim from Hasslachers to learn all about a Columbian hot chocolate.
- Sat 11 and Sun 12
Meet Sara from Dubble and learn more about the chocolate trade.
- 12pm on Wed 15
Book signing: Stella-Rose Benson will be signing copies of her book Sparkle Puss, The Cornish Chocolate Apothecary: an illustrated story about a magical cat who helps save the town's treasured chocolate shop.
Special menu and shop products
Throughout our chocolate festival this February half-term you’ll find a delicious chocolaty menu available in our Bakery and cafes and lots of themed goodies in our Shop!
Support our rainforest education programme
We are offering beautiful bronze cast chocolate leaves for sale as a way to support our rainforest education programme. The bronze cast chocolate leaves will be engraved with your chosen name and mounted on our new Canopy Walkway: an aerial classroom stretching through the treetops of our Rainforest Biome.
For further information or to order a leaf, download the Eden rainforest leaves order form (PDF).
Cocoa growing in our Rainforest Biome
See the bright yellow pods, and their delicious contents, in our rainforest.http://www.youtube.com/watch