Nicola Knight, founder of Celebrate Cacao, is no stranger to producing outstanding chocolate festivals. As the name suggests, Nicola’s mission within Celebrate Cacao is to celebrate the best of what UK chocolate makers have to offer. A former primary school teacher, she now dedicates her time to teaching people about craft chocolate instead.
After the raving success of the Exeter Chocolate Festival, which she has been running for the last few years, Nicola had plans to grow the business this year to include a festival in Torbay for April. However, the April of 2020 was like no other before.
Rather than let Covid-19 ruin her plans and disappoint the many chocolate makers and visitors her events bring, Nicola decided that extending her original plans would still happen, but with a twist. She would take her festival digital, and in doing so make it open to the whole world to partake in and spread her message even further than she hoped.
The Digital Chocolate Festival
The Digital Chocolate Festival was born. Running from the 14th – 20th of October, entry is free but you can pay to join special masterclasses throughout the week-long event. You can check out the full line up here, but expect daily meet the makers, guided chocolate tastings, cacao meditations and expert masterclasses on everything from truffle making to fermentation. Honestly, we’re not sure how we’ll be getting any work done for the week as we don’t want to miss out on a thing – but with this much knowledge and chocolate fun to be had, we’ll make the time.
Nicola explained how “I felt it was really important to carry on promoting these wonderful small chocolate makers throughout what has been a difficult time for their business and by taking it online we are able to reach a much wider audience. I am hoping that the makers will make some sales from across the country/world, and at the least make some new interesting contacts. So far the interest has been fantastic, with people from across the world signing up for our masterclasses.
Saturday the 17th October also happens to be ‘International Day for the Eradication of Poverty’, and so I am calling it ‘Sustainable Saturday’ and having a real focus on issues around sustainability in the chocolate industry throughout the day. We will have some exciting speakers lined up for this day, and throughout the event. Please take a look at the schedule to see what we have lined up.”
You can find more information on the event and book your tickets here: https://celebratecacao.co.uk/timetable/
Any questions about the event can be emailed to Nicola on firstname.lastname@example.org