Bougainville Chocolate Festival

Bougainville Chocolate Festival underway

Held from 7 to 8 August, the festival is now in its fourth year and aims to increase the production and quality of cocoa.

Initiated by the Autonomous Bougainville Government in 2016, the event is supported by the Australian and New Zealand governments in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea.

Hundreds of cocoa farmers will attend the event to showcase the region’s quality cocoa beans. The Australian and New Zealand governments have supported the travel and accommodation of 78 farmers who have submitted beans for judging.

Bougainville chocolate festival returns to Arawa

This year’s festival, to be held in Arawa, Central Bougainville, is expected to draw thousands of people, farmers and international chocolatiers.

It will be the fourth since it began in 2016 and will be staged on Thursday and Friday, 8 and 9 August, 2019.

Festival Co-chair and Secretary for Primary Industries, Thomas Betitis, says a key aim of the festival is to connect Bougainville cocoa farmers and their world class cocoa beans to international markets and buyers.

Bougainville geared for biggest Choc Fest

President Chief Dr John Momis will officially launch the two day Festival of activities and competitions at Hutjena Oval in Provincial capital Buka this Friday. 

This year’s festival activities include competitions for farmers, such as the Big Bean Competition and Big Pod Competition.

The highlight Chocolate competition has generated record levels of interest with farmers submitting their cocoa beans from as far as remote Nissan Island and Torokina in South Bougainville.