Famous for the spices that fragrance its sea breezes, Grenada is also known for the fine organic chocolate that goes from bean-to-bar on the island before being brought to the UK by sail boat. Visitors can tour the historic Belmont Estate and meet cocoa farmers as well as seeing local chocolate makers at work. Elsewhere, explore the vibrant spice market, discover the lush rainforests and the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park, and relax on a quiet sand beach or savour a sunset yacht cruise with a locally-distilled rum punch. The size of the Isle of Wight, Grenada offers an authentic and warm welcome to the Caribbean with a calendar packed with food, spice, music and sailing festivals – and dining out is easy, with options ranging from roadside stalls to five star restaurants.
Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Recognised as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger saves the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programmes in over 40 countries benefitting five million people each year.
Hotel Chocolat is a luxury British-owned chocolatier and cocoa grower with 32 stores nationwide and a highly successful ecommerce website. Using quality, authentic ingredients is an ethos that has been fundamental at Hotel Chocolat since the beginning, and the ‘no nasties’ approach bans the use of additives such as hydrogenated vegetable fat and artificial colours in order to let the pure chocolate flavours through. This position is strengthened by their own historic West Indian cocoa plantation, Rabot Estate, where fine flavour Hotel Chocolat cocoa is cultivated. Go online to learn more about Hotel Chocolat and the Rabot Estate cocoa plantation.
Thornton's appointed Keith Hurdman, one of the UK’s best chocolatiers as their Head Chocolatier last year. Keith is committed to developing quality products for this much-loved British chocolate company.
Divine Chocolate has sponsored Chocolate Week since it began eight years ago. Divine works with hotels, restaurants, tea rooms and shops across the country to offer a range of chocolate experiences for chocolate lovers. Highlights include a Divine themed afternoon tea at The Orangery at Kensington Palace; chocolate dim sum at The Grosvenor Hotel; chocolate cocktails at K West Lounge and a Divine Truffle Making course at Widemouth Manor Hotel in Cornwall. Divine’s products are made using the very best cocoa beans which are nurtured and handpicked by farmers in Ghana who take extra pride in farming because they co-own the company. Divine’s range of over 40 products contain no artificial flavours or preservatives and are made with entirely natural ingredients.
Food and Travel magazine’s November issue carries a special section dedicated to Chocolate. Every issue is packed with inspiring recipes and travel features with the focus firmly on provenance, authenticity and seasonality. Come to the Food and Travel stand at Chocolate Unwrapped and buy the latest issue for just £2.95 (saving £1.00) and pick up 3 chocolate-themed back issues for just £5.
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The Academy of Chocolate was set up in 2005 to improve the standard and knowledge of chocolate in the UK. Their most high profile endeavour to date is the Academy of Chocolate Awards. For details of the 2009 award winners visit the academy's website.
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