Agenda & Schedule of Activities
Day 1 - Wine & Chocolate Tasting | Tour Chocolate Farms
Day 2 - Taste of Toledo | Street Fair at Front Street (full day)
Day 3 - Grand Finale | Archaeological Reserve (full day)
Is Transportation provided? No
How can we get to the Chocolate Festival? Private vehicle, aircraft, car rental, charters, shuttles, public transportation, taxi, or hitch-hiking.
Contact & Location Information
Contact Number: +501-722-2531
Location Information: www.facebook.com/BelizeChocolateFestival
Venue: Punta Gorda Town, Toledo, Belize
Why is the Chocolate Festival held?
The festival is held mainly to showcase Belizean products. Everything is handmade in Belize by our locals, so this gives many a chance to show other Belizeans and tourists their amazing products. Cacao itself is high in antioxidants and other important minerals, so not only are these products organic and good to eat, some of them can be used to enhance your skin.
What Happens on the Festival Days?
First Day (Saturday) - The festival is held on a Saturday in Punta Gorda Town. Here you will find many stalls and exhibits; being that the town is so small you'll be able to walk short distances to get around to each display. The PG phase of the festival is filled with music, cultural drumming, food, partying and even dance classes!
Second Day (Sunday) - Is when everyone packs up their stalls and moves to an archeolgoical site (Lubaantun or Nim Li Punit), which are small Maya Ruins located in Toledo. At this place, you'll find even more stalls selling Belizean chocolates, chocolate deserts, chocolate stout, chocolate-infused cocktails and much more. Attending this event is a great way to learn about the Maya culture and experience the amazing foods in Belize.
Third Day (Monday) - The last day of the festival features a Grand Finale featuring different musical groups competing to be crowned the grand prize winner. For the kids, there are face-painting, puppet shows, and jewelry-making activities.
When is the Chocolate Festival Held?
The Chocolate Festival will be held in May of each year, in the town of Punta Gorda in Toledo District.
Best Way to Experience the Chocolate Festival
Be sure to arrive hungry as there are dozens of different chocolate-themed dishes and other delicacies on offer during the festival. The festival also showcases key elements of the local culture, including the Maya and Garifuna cultures, mixing music and food for a truly special experience. Along with all of the chocolate, be sure to save room for fine wine and a special Chocolate Stout beer.
Where is the Chocolate Festival Located?
The festival is held in the town of Punta Gorda located in Belize’s southernmost District of Toledo.
How Do I Get to the Chocolate Festival?
Domestic flights via Tropic Air and Maya Air connect Punta Gorda with the rest of the country. Inter-city buses and cars follow the Southern Highway to arrive in Punta Gorda. From Guatemala, water taxis connect Puerto Barrios and Livingston to Punta Gorda.