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Despite your best intentions for 2013, all the healthful eating and detox attempts are already getting a little old. Isn’t it time to throw off those pesky resolutions and embrace your inner Augustus Gloop? The International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables) is a mighty delicious way to do so. The tropical wonderland will become a chocoholic’s dream come true. Scoop up cacao plants to grow at home. Get a mini-massage at the chocolate spa. Inhale the aromas of chocolate-scented orchids. Watch cooking demos for chocolate-and-port-wine-braised short rib and chocolate pizza. Stroll the “Choco-walk” and learn the history of everyone’s favorite sweet. And get one hell of an endorphin boost from a daylong chocolate feast. Even the most rabid fans of the stuff might get their fill at this cocoa mania. All that Fairchild needs is a chocolate waterfall and it would have Willy Wonka beat.
Jan. 25-27, 2013


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