A chocolate bar handmade in Bristol from some of the world’s rarest cacao beans will be on sale for the first time at the Taste Chocolate festival this weekend at the Bristol Harbour Hotel.
Every bar of Chapter One from Understory also comes with its own golden ticket to a documentary about the rare Peruvian beans they are made from, which received its premiere at the Watershed on Friday.
“Our Chapter One chocolate is inspired by the Marañón people’s ethos to put the environment above all else as well as Bristol’s strong chocolate history alongside the graffiti and street art scene of the city which you’ll see on the packaging,” said Understory founder James Wheale (pictured top, with Annie Zimmerman).
Each bar is wrapped in screen printed artwork designed by Bristol artist Naio and printed by Bristol artist Arthur Buxton.
The artwork is of 8,000-year-old cave paintings at the top of the Marañón Canyon, a day’s hike from the farms where the cacao beans are grown.
The Understory team will be hosting a multisensory chocolate experience at Taste, promising “part theatre, part chocolate tasting and psychology, the multisensory experience uses art, tarot, mindfulness and music to enhance the way audience members eat chocolate”.
The event will be taking place in underground former bank vaults which are now the home of the Bristol Harbour Hotel spa.
Also at Taste on April 15 and 16, there will be more than 35 exhibitors, as well as chef demonstrations and special events including an Easter treasure hunt around the Old City.
For more information, visit www.tastechocolate.co.uk
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