Cacao is native to the Americas, and the Toledo District of southern Belize is recognized for its superior cacao. These cacao beans are a significant export crop and, within country, are transformed into distinctive and high quality chocolate grown by farmer members of the Toledo Cacao Growers Association.
Every Commonwealth Day Holiday Weekend (late May) we celebrate this marvellous food, and many devoted followers return to Toledo each year to find out what's new in the world of chocolate making. This will be the seventh Festival, and the first in its new guise as the Chocolate Festival of Belize. The name change from Toledo Cacaofest is a reflection of the growing awareness of Belizean chocolate, and designed to capture a wider international audience.
Join us for a three-day celebration of Belizean chocolate and the cacao-driven culture of the Toledo District. Use the links on the left to learn more about the Festival, and its organizers.
Click on the programme pages below for details of each event.