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UWI hosts Fête de la cocoa

For Release Upon Receipt - October 29, 2012

St. Augustine

Samples of delectable chocolates, mouth-watering  displays and a tour of the Caribbean’s only International Cocoa Genebank are part of the agenda when The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Cocoa Research Unit (CRU) celebrates its 50th Anniversary and World Cocoa and Chocolate Day 2012 with ‘Fête de la cocoa’, from 2nd-3rd November, 2012, at the JFK Auditorium, UWI St. Augustine Campus.  

This two-day celebration will highlight the long history of cocoa in Trinidad and Tobago and its contribution to the world, the unique place that Trinidad and Tobago’s cocoa occupies in the world and cocoa’s role in the economic diversification efforts of this country. It also aims to garner support for the creation of a new cocoa industry. 

The ‘Fête de la cocoa’ is free and open to the public. In addition to the chocolate sampling, the displays and the ICG,T tour, guests can look forward to a storytelling session on the CRU’s history and participating in games and competitions, including a chocolate muffin eating competition and the “balance cocoa on your head race.” 

For further information, please contact the CRU at 662-2002 Ext. 82115.


About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences. 

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)



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