World Cocoa and Chocolate Day 2018

#ForTheLoveOfChocolate October 12-13th, 2018 (to be confirmed)

Thanks to our 2017 sponsors: Ministry of Tourism, Atlantic LNG and EXIMBANK, Ltd

Exhibitors register now!

The 2018 WCCD expo will be held at JFK Auditorium at The UWI St. Augustine campus. Free admission for the public begins from around 11 am on  October 5th and from 9:30am on October 6th.

World Cocoa and Chocolate Day will be celebrated with a two day ‘open-to-public’ expo (WCCD8expo) involving cocoa stakeholders and well wishers. Hosted by Cocoa Research Centre this sixth annual celebration of cocoa and chocolate seeks to excite the minds of the population as to the opportunities that are as yet untapped in the local marketplace for cocoa and chocolate and showcase the vast potential the industry holds for local and regional economic diversification. Schools, register here to attend. (Alternate link to register)

World Cocoa and Chocolate Day was originally the brain child of the International Cocoa Organisation and the Académie Française du Chocolat et de la Confiserie, is commemorated on the 1st of October to bring greater awareness in consumers and the public of the living conditions of cocoa growers’ worldwide in an effort to build a sustainable cocoa economy. The celebration of this day by the Cocoa Research Centre of The UWI with all the cocoa stakeholders takes on a new meaning as we build the cocoa industry into a sustainable industry capable of diversifying the economy of Trinidad and Tobago and strengthening the cocoa value chain. WCCD8expo will showcase the combined efforts of the private sector including farmers, farmer groups, processors, chocolatiers, manufacturers of soap and cosmetics, agrotourism operators, governmental organisations including the Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago, The Ministries and/or state boards responsible for agriculture, tourism and their organs, InvestTT, the non-governmental sector as well as Universities, Cocoa Research Centre of The University of the West Indies as well as University of Trinidad and Tobago.

WCCD8expo will not only create public awareness, support and pride as we build a new cocoa economy based on value addition, branding, niche marketing, but also seek to attract investment and expansion of the industry. We expect the yearly celebration to also bring greater coherence among all stakeholders in their efforts and usher in greater energy, enthusiasm and efficiency as we modernise this once great industry.

  Celebrate World Cocoa and Chocolate Day with CRC and other cocoa stakeholders at the JFK Auditorium, The UWI, St. Augustine on October 6-7, 2017  


‘World Cocoa and Chocolate Day’ is on 1 October, and in 2018 will be celebrated by CRC and other cocoa stakeholders on October 12-13th at JFK Auditorium situated within the premises of The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. CRC invites cocoa stakeholders wishing to exhibit at this event to confirm their participation and request exhibition space by filling out the online Exhibitor Registration form.


This event is free to attend for members of the public and will feature:

  • Workshop sessions on cocoa farming, cocoa disease management, and improving flavour and quality of the cocoa beans/chocolate you produce. (pending confirmation)
  • A chocolate food fest featuring the best of the chocolate-based cuisines and confectioneries; and our ever-popular exhibit,
  • A chocolate fountain with the opportunity to sample chocolate-covered food items for a nominal fee (1 free sample will be given to students and pre-registered children).
  • A competition fostering innovations in incorporating cocoa/chocolate into food: "Innovations in Chocolate Cuisine: A Food and Beverage Challenge".
  • Cacao Dreams: Chocolate Haven. An exhibition highlighting the cocoa story, the challenges and threats, the creative efforts of local entrepreneurs and researchers, what the future should look like and information on best practices and technologies on offer.
  • Signups for tours to the world's largest Universal Collection of cocoa, opportunities to sign up to learn chocolate making or to learn to become a chocolate flavour ‘connoisseur’; children's games and lots of other fun activities.
  • Opportunities to win beautiful hand-crafted artwork by local artists and other prizes for the various games.
  • Cocoa and Chocolate Inspiration From Abroad - a brand new exhibit of innovative products from abroad made with cocoa/chocolate (pending confirmation)

CRC invites members of the public to celebrate this momentous occasion with us. If you are a teacher/other adult interested in bring a school/other group, please register at this link to help us properly schedule group attendees for safety. If link does not load properly, please use this link to register instead.

World Cocoa and Chocolate Day 2018 Expo’ will begin with an opening ceremony at 8:30am on Friday October 12th, 2018 (by invitation only) followed by the public exhibition which will begin with a Cocoa Dance in the JFK Auditorium at 11:30am (and the expo will last until 6:00pm) and from 9:30am - 5:00pm on Saturday 13th October, 2018.

2017 Event Sponsors

  1. Ministry of Tourism, Government of Trinidad and Tobago
  2. Atlantic LNG

Atlantic LNG is gratefully acknowledged for supporting the 2017 edition of World Cocoa and Chocolate Day hosted by Cocoa Research Centre, The UWI

  1. Eximbank


    2017 Prize Sponsors (pledged)

  1. RODCO Home Essentials
  2. The Dessert Lab
  4. Sparkling Gold Chocolates
  5. Suite Scents
  6. Cryscelin CreationZ
  7. Kerry's Kupcakery
  8. Cocobel Chocolate
  9. Cafe Mariposa
  10. Gina's
  11. Chef Raees
  12. Kerry's Kupcakery
  13. Lorenza Robinson
  14. Twigs Naturals
  15. Kuttage Accessories
  16. Trinidad Chocolate Factory

2017 Exhibitors

  • Cocoa Republic (Saturday only)
  • RODCO Home Essentials
  • The Dessert Lab
  • MDS Imports Ltd - Ciao Café
  • JB Chocolates (Friday only)
  • Trinidad Chocolate Factory
  • Sparkling Gold Chocolates - new exhibitor
  • Cafe Mariposa Gardens, Lopinot (Friday only)
  • Cocoa Butter Ice Cream Company - new exhibitor & IICC alumnus!
  • Suite Scents
  • Cryscelin CreationZ
  • Ortinola Estates
  • Kerry's Kupkakery
  • Cocobel Chocolate (Friday only)
  • CDCTTL (Omarbean/ARCC, Philippa's Garden, Point Fortin Mixologists, SW Peninsula)
  • Gina's Chocolates
  • Lorenza Robinson
  • Montserrat Cocoa Farmers Co-operative Society Limited
  • Kuttage Accessories
  • Trinidad and Tobago Fine Cocoa Co.
  • Rancho Quemado Estate
  • MALF Cocoa Research Section

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