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Hundreds of artisans will promote the culture and consumption of cocoa in Nicaragua

Managua, June 16 (EFE) – At least 600 Nicaraguan artisans from six other US countries will promote cocoa culture and consumption in Nicaragua during the so-called International Fair of Ancient Cultures, organizers said Thursday. The three-day fair will feature an exhibition of handicrafts and processed agricultural products for export, such as coffee, hot chocolate, a variety of chocolates, cocoa powder and cocoa paste, the Artisans de Nicaragua said in a statement. Event organizer. The fair will also offer honey, dehydrated fruits, cereals, jellies, donuts, black sesame-based cosmetics, cocoa and honey, among other products, according to the information. The event, which will take place from June 24 to 26 at a hotel in Managua, is promoted by micro, small and medium enterprises of the Artisans de Nicaragua team, with the cooperation of Swiss cooperation, private Nicaraguan companies and the network of Craftsmen from Central America and the Caribbean. The fair aims to contribute to the financial sustainability of artisanal and agricultural SMEs, to promote the culture and consumption of cocoa, its derivatives and other products of agricultural origin, as well as to connect Nicaraguan and foreign SMEs, the group said. For Nicaragua, 26 SMEs will participate, bringing together 332 artisans, including five women’s groups and one youth group. 15 SMEs from Barbados, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic will also take part, bringing together a total of 45 artisans. CHOCOLATE MAKING WORKERS According to the program, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the product, will explain the origin of the raw material, as well as the process of making crafts from pine, banana fiber, pie, jícaro to demonstrate. balsa wood and stone. There will also be a demonstration of painting on canvas and ceramics, hammocks will be made, weaving and painting with corn gourds. During the fair there will be 10 educational and practical seminars on techniques for tasting cocoa and handmade chocolate for adults. One of the workshops, called “choconiño”, will be an educational and cultural activity for children aged 5 to 12 who “will be able to learn about the origins of cocoa, make chocolate by hand and decorate its packaging”, according to organizers. In addition, during the three days of the fair, there will be a fountain with melted chocolate, where children and adults will be able to combine fruit with chocolate, “experiencing an explosion of aromas of their ancestors in the palate,” said the Artisans de Nicaragua. The quality of Nicaraguan cocoa led to the beans being recognized as one of the 17 best in the world at the International Cocoa Awards in 2015, held in France. That same year, cocoa in Nicaragua was included in the list of countries producing fine or aromatic cocoa by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), with a 100% approval level. (c) EFE Agency

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