As part of their studies in Event Management, students of Nitte Institute of Communication organised Mangalore's first-ever Chocolate Festival, NICO's Chocolate Street on 7th and 8th April 2018 at Forum Fiza Mall. Ms Anita Jesuman, AGM, Chocolate Division, CAMPCO inaugurated the event and Ms Sai Prasanna Hegde, Deputy Director (Admissions & Administration) presided.
A total of 11 home based Chocolatiers - Amy's Cakes, Fajju's Kitchen, Pogo's Kitchen, Amortentia Patisserie, Cakery, Meeti Cakes, Cynful Chocolates, Kamala Satish, Jeane D'Souza, Maya Roche, Sheeba Shetty and two established names, Campco and Baker's Treat, Falnir, participated.
The festival aimed at providing a platform to home-based chocolatiers and was successful in getting good footfalls over the weekend. Forum Fiza Mall was the venue partner for the event.
After successfully hosting the first edition of the Chocolate Festival, NICO's Chocolate Street, students of Nitte Institute of Communication organised the second edition of the two-day chocolate festival on 30th and 31st March 2019 at Forum Fiza Mall in Mangaluru. This event was conducted by BA (final year) students as part of their curriculum, the subject being Event Management.
As in the previous year, this year too, the festival provided a platform for home-based chocolatiers to display and sell their homemade chocolate-based goodies. A total of 23 home-based chocolatiers participated in the festival, displaying and selling their homemade goodies.
The festival was inaugurated by Chef Vinu, of Taj Manjarun. Dr Anirban Chakraborthy, Deputy Director, Nitte University Centre for Science Education & Research (NUCSER), presided over the event.
The highlight of the event was a live demonstration of chocolate making by Chef Manish of The Lalit, Bekal. The festival saw enthusiastic participation by the general public.