The Dominican Republic holds for the third time the Dominican Chocolate Festival 2023.
A week dedicated to chocolate lovers, with a variety of activities, culminating with a great exhibition of chocolatiers and cocoa producers on the last weekend of the festival, on level 1 of the Agora Mall in Santo Domingo.
The Festival seeks to raise awareness and sensitize consumers about local chocolate production and the importance of Dominican cocoa, as well as to strengthen and promote the development of the sector.
At the event, Sésar Rodríguez, director of the Dominican Environmental Consortium (CAD), said that “during this week we have had an experiential tour of the cocoa and chocolate value chain”.
“We began by learning about the origin of cocoa on the farm, from the cocoa plantations of San Francisco de Macoris and Puerto Plata, which allows us to understand the benefits of cocoa to the environment and economic activities related to its production,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rocio Sanchez, marketing manager of Agora Mall, said that “supporting the development of the cocoa sector, not only implies supporting a productive sector that contributes an average of 215 million dollars annually, but also strengthening sustainable development through these plantations that protect 34% of the country’s watersheds.
Taiana Mora, national coordinator of the International Trade Center, said that “in the last year the cocoa sector has faced great challenges in exports due to the entry into force of new European regulations, and for this reason ITC, through the ACP Business Friendly program, supports about 40 agroforestry plots in the country”.
Since Saturday, August 19, different activities have been taking place in the countryside and chocolate factories to bring consumers to have experiences that allow them to know and appropriate chocolate as a country brand product.
For more information, interested parties can access the accounts @portalchocolate.do and the website chocolate.do.