If you are looking for ethical, sustainable, or low-sugar chocolate – for companies that care from seed to bean – bean to bar – for chocolatiers and chocolate-makers who are passionate about their produce, then Discover Cacao is working to bring this to you via a series of events across the South East.
Do you find dark chocolate bitter? Do you want vegan options? Are you looking to simply indulge your chocolate passion? Healthy options? Low sugar alternatives? Discover Cacao offers informal educational talks, promoting award-winning artisan chocolate brands, leaving you to make your own choices about the chocolate you buy.
We are on a mission to bring quality chocolate to a wider audience by offering an affordable platform for chocolatiers and chocolate makers to showcase their products, and share their story so that you can indulge your passion for all things chocolate!
In 2014 we created Discover Cacao – to support the chocolatiers and chocolate makers we had met through our daily work – and we invited them to join us in a small community hall in Oxted, Surrey for our first Oxted Chocolate Fair. On 22nd December 2014 we filled that hall with chocolate, and people came.
Through our events across the South-East we offer free education in all things cacao via our exhibitors. By setting a stage we give chocolate experts, chocolatiers, chocolate makers, and professional speakers, a platform to tell their story, to promote their products, and more importantly, to share their knowledge and explain why they are supporting a movement to source and support the workers on the ground in the cocoa plantations.
Since then we have returned to Oxted each year, two weeks before Easter. We have expanded this to include the Denbies Chocolate Fair at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey to make a weekend of chocolate in Surrey. Other events have seen the addition of the Brighton Chocolate Festival across the second weekend in October.
We also offer bespoke events including ‘An Introduction to Award Winning Chocolate’, and ‘An Introduction to Vegan Chocolate’ – first showcased at The Carpenters Arms, Limpsfield, Surrey.
Easy education is included with every event because ‘Better Beans mean Better Chocolate’.
Discover Cacao continues to support and promote ethically sourced and sustainable chocolate options from passionate producers.