Caribeans Chocolate has attended the Northwest Chocolate Festival held in Seattle, WA for the last two years.
Each time we have learned valuable lessons for our growth as artisan chocolate makers.
The number one benefit is to become part of a community of colleagues where creativity and excellence in chocolate making is fostered. Every artist can benefit from a "showing" in this way. It helps us understand our art in the context of the greater community. For us at Caribeans it helps us understand how we are unique and how we are similar to other artisan chocolate makers. We get to taste other chocolate maker's work and they get to taste ours.
Another great benefit to attending a chocolate festival like the Northwest Chocolate Festival is the educational seminars. So many great teachers sharing what they have learned, and sharing their story helps us to see into the future a little bit.
If you make chocolate or produce cacao, I would definitely look for an artisan chocolate festival to attend. You will not regret it.
Chocolate Diaries from the Caribeans Bean-To-Bar chocolate maker..