celebrating World Chocolate Day
There are many days devoted to the celebration of chocolate throughout the year. July 7th is one of them, as we celebrate chocolate of the world in unison. Some sources may refer to July 7th as National Chocolate Day or simply as Chocolate Day, but two major sources (Wikipedia and the National Day Calendar) both agree that #WorldChocolateDay is the most commonly used term for this global day of chocolate appreciation.
world chocolate day is truly something worth celebrating
As someone who has researched and celebrated the world of artisan chocolate and cacao over the past 10 years through 20 countries, I can assure you that every country celebrates chocolate (or cacao) in its own way. But that chocolate is indeed a universal vessel of celebration in pretty much every country of the world.
I love the way the entire country of Grenada comes together every spring to celebrate is cacao, chocolate, and cocoa culture via its incredible chocolate festival. We visited cacao farms, learned the dance of the cacao, learned how the cocoa is harvested and processes, indulged in excellent cocoa cuisine, explored the chocolate museum in St. George’s, and were even invited to an incredible art show featuring the world of chocolate and cacao. Grenada is a beautiful and welcoming country with an intense pride in its heritage, chocolate and cacao. Visiting the Grenada Chocolate Festival should be on the bucket list of every chocolate lover.
Each country I have visited in my chocolate research celebrates chocolate and cacao in its own way. I love the way Belize has embraced the Mayan connection to cacao and that there are several companies making terrific chocolate in the Mayan tradition. You’ll find more about them here, where I introduce you to the hand-rolled truffles we ate right at the source where the beans where roasted and hand-ground. You have to travel to the jungle to taste chocolate like this as it cannot travel to you.
Indeed, chocolate travel enables us to go to the source and see where the cacao is growing, how it is processed, and meet the people engaged in it. That’s why I’m so looking forward to the small group tour I will be leading to Costa Rica, January 11-19, 2020. The Early Booking Bonus on the trip expires on July 12th, and reservations will close July 31st, so if you can considering this trip, please contact Maureen Downs and her team at Go ahead Tours at 1-800-742-1731 or connect via this link.
I hope that you celebrated World Chocolate Day by enjoying some truly memorable chocolate–wherever you are. We’ll be celebrating International Chocolate Day at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg on September 13th with some delicious world chocolate. You can get your ticket for that here. Ciao for now! 🙂