Bowers Programs

Festival of Chocolate

Chocolate started out as the drink of Aztec nobles and is now enjoyed and cultivated around the world. Sample chocolate of all kinds while enjoying a drum circle accompanied by the Mexican indigenous music of Martin Espino. Dafra African Drums and Dance will honor one of the most important crops of the African Continent. Hear directly from world renowned “Chocolate Guru,” Lee Theisen in a special lecture on the history and politics of Chocolate.
*Please note that there will be a fee for the lecture and chocolate tasting. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required.

Location: Key Courtyard 

Tickets: Free festival. General admission to Bowers Museum is free on Festival Sundays for Members and Santa Ana residents only.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Event Schedule

Key Courtyard
11 AM Papier Mâché Chocolate Boxes and Mini Chocolate Totes Art
Projects, Face Painting, and Chocolate Sampling (while supplies last)

12 PM Martin Espino leads a Mexican Percussion Circle

2 PM Dafra Drums perform West African drums and dance

Norma Kershaw Auditorium SPECIAL LECTURE*
1 – 2 PM | How Chocolate Conquered the World
Presented by the “Chocolate Guru” Dr. Lee Theisen, professor at UCLA
*Free for Members or with paid museum admission | General $7

Event details

January 5, 2020 11:00 am - 3:30 pm


2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92706
TEL: 714.567.3600

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