The Ghana Tourism Authority [GTA] in collaboration with the Ghana Cocoa Board [COCOBOD] and the Cocoa Processing Company [CPC] will climax this year’s National Chocolate Day on Saturday February 14, 2015.
The National Chocolate Day instituted in 2006 is aimed to promote the consumption of Ghana Chocolate and Cocoa based products, minimize anti-social vices associated with the celebration of Valentine’s Day, increase awareness on the health benefits of Chocolate and boost domestic tourism.
As an indigenous manufacturer of chocolate in Ghana, Cocoa Processing Company Limited continue to be a key supporter of the programme each year.
The National Chocolate Day in its ninth (9th) year since its introduction onto the tourism calendar of events has increased awareness on the positive effect on the consumption of chocolate. This year’s celebration is under the theme “CHOCOLATE MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER”.
As part of the celebrations, the Ghana Tourism Authority will organize seminars and workshops for stakeholders in the hospitality industry to promote the consumption of chocolate and cocoa based products.
On Tuesday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 11, 2015, there would be Product – Use Workshop with a seasoned Chocolatier from South Africa and expert Pastry Chefs from Mauritius and Kenya for Leading Pastry Chefs, Cake Decorators and Catering School Instructors in Ghana.
There would also be an Educational Forum on Cocoa at the National Theatre, Accra on Friday, February 13, 2015. On Saturday, February 14, 2015 there would be an Exhibition of Chocolate and Cocoa Based Products and Demonstration Work-Shops as well as Musical Concert at the Accra Mall. In addition, there will also be a tour to the Cocoa Research Institute, Tafo and Bunso Arboretum. There would also be activities in the Regions to mark the Chocolate Day Celebrations.
Even though chocolate is regularly eaten for pleasure, there are potentially many benefits, these are social, economic and health.
Socially, Chocolate symbolizes love and it is mostly given out during the celebration of Valentine’s Day. Thus it still remains the most popular gift on this day as it bring friends, families and people from all walks of lives under one umbrella. It also promotes love during the Valentine period.
Health wise, chocolate is made from plants which contains many of the health benefits. Studies have found chocolate to be one of the best cancer fighting foods alongside foods like red wine, blueberries, garlic and tea.
Economically, chocolate provides foreign exchange for a country and also creates jobs which alleviates Poverty.
Ghana’s cocoa is touted as the best in the world and it correspondingly puts Ghana’s chocolates in the same light.
Issued by: The PR Department/GTA