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March 8, 2018updated Dec 20, 2023

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit to Host 2018 Chocolate Festival

By Elite Traveler

Now in its second year, the 2018 Mexican Chocolate Festival is set to take place from March 28th to the 31st at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Once again playing host to this annual event, the resort will be paying tribute to Mexico’s connection to cacao through a series of interactive workshops, spa treatments and multi-course tasting menus.

During this time guests will be invited to savor the ‘food of the gods’ through a schedule of activities and events, which this year will be targeted more than ever at families. Choose between a chocolate sculpture interactive workshop for teens, chocolate cooking demo for kids, chocolate-themed spa treatments, and five-course dinner with chocolate incorporated into every dish.

The official chocolate sculptor for Disney and Pixar, and founder of Que Bo! Chocolatería Mexicana Evolutiva and the AULA QUE BO! chocolate education center in Mexico City, renowned Mexican chocolatier José Ramón Castillo, will be the festival’s host. Inspired by the ancient Maya and Aztecs, he marked the beginning of a new way of producing and consuming chocolate in Latin America, combining artisanal techniques with an in-depth knowledge of modern cuisine.

Guests looking for the ultimate relaxation can find what they’re looking for at the resort’s award-winning SE Spa with treatments such as the Xocolat Ritual on offer. Made with 100 percent pure bitter chocolate, this three-step ritual (80 min / $198) consists of an exfoliation, facial, body mask, and massage.

The festival is included in the resort’s all-inclusive nightly rate. Find out more by going over to

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