What better way to celebrate Easter than outside in the glimpse of sun at Kew Garden’s for their Chocolate Quest – including an Easter Egg hunt! OK, there were no real children in our group (just adults who like to pretend sometimes) so we left the Easter Egg hunt to the kids. My friends bought me a Paul A Young Easter Egg so I was definitely happy to leave the Crème Eggs to the little ones. We did, however, take up our little stools on the workbenches in the first chocolate making class of the day. Sure, it was targeted at children, but it was a really enjoyable and thorough session and we got a chocolate heart, made with freshly conched cocoa and palm sugar each to take away (or eat then and there, which I did).
The Cocoa Jungle made by the class participants. Cute!
The Chocolate Quest is at Kew Gardens until April 14th. As well as the chocolate making workshops there are little skits and educational areas across the garden, including stops to make rubbings of various cocoa-related items. It’s a great outing for the whole family, you can take it at your own pace and follow the whole map diligently, or just enjoy the gardens. Even though Spring still seems reluctant to appear, the gardens do have several enclosed buildings to view the plants which means your visit doesn’t have to be chilly from beginning to end. In fact, the upper level of the Tropical Rainforest exhibition is positively steamy and will almost (almost) make you relieved to go back outside.
Here are the other activities you can get involved in:
- Float your own origami boat on the Waterlily Pond to add to our flotilla installation.
- Challenge your family to a game of giant chess.
- Get your hands on some real cacao beans in our fascinating hands-on sessions.
- Make a magnificent rainforest headdress in craft workshops.
- Have your face painted with an Easter design.
- Take a special tour on the Kew Explorer land train to learn all about the history of chocolate.