On October 14, 2016, this year’s Chocolate Festival formally began. Since it started in 2014, I have been attending the festival’s opening day.
However, due to my busy schedule, I was not able to join this year’s opening day but that did not stop me from catching up on the second day.
The three day festival, which runs from October 14 to October 16, 2016, is organized yearly by the Cacao Industry Development Association in Mindanao (Cidami) and SM City Davao. It is aimed at promoting and showcasing the cacao products of local entrepreneurs.
Just like the previous chocolate festivals, this year is also very chocolately. What I like about this year is they now have table and chairs for eating, previously it was just benches.
After looking around the activity area, I went to Saging Republic and bought their Walnut Chocolate Cookie (P95), then I dropped by at Lara Mia for their S’mores Broundies (P35). Next I went to Milky’s booth for their Chocolate Carabao Milk (P40 for 25oml). Finally I bought Puto Maya with Mango and Sikwate (hot chocolate) for P50.
The S’mores Broundies was good and I like how it is not too sweet. The classic combo of mango, puto maya, and sikwate was great. The sikwate was thick and I think there was a good balance of bitter and sweet.
The Walnut Chocolate Cookie was big but it was delicious.
The Chocolate Carabao Milk was one of the best chocolate milk I ever had.
After having those, I went for another round and bought Milky’s pasteurized Pure Carabao Milk (P40) and Desserts Bar’s Chocolate Chip Cookie (P20). The fresh carabao milk, unlike the chocolate flavored one, had an interesting taste. It tasted like regular cow’s milk but had an aftertaste that I cannot describe. The chocolate chip cookie may not be the best out there but it is good and it is packed with chocolate chips.
There are more delicious chocolate goodness you can buy from the festival like those from Cacao de Davao and Kablon Farms. The price of the products are also cheap. Moth of the booths also offer free taste of their products.
October 16 is the last day of the festival so don’t forget to drop by there with your family and friends.