Join Fair Trade USA  in supporting the Global Cocoa Project  and their efforts to improve the lives of cocoa farmers around the world by attending their one-of-a-kind, bicoastal chocolate tasting event February 10th and 12th, 2011.
The mission of the Global Cocoa Project  (GCP) is to support cocoa farmers around the globe by supplying them with the tools necessary for quality cocoa production, as well as to help meet the basic needs of these cocoa farming communities. Not only does the GCP seek to help develop sustainable cocoa practices and improve lives, our partner also works to educate Americans about the realities of the cocoa industry in order to leverage consumer action and to help make cocoa farming a profitable and sustainable occupation.
As the lead partner for this event, Fair Trade USA  “applauds the leadership of the Global Cocoa Project to rally ethical businesses in an effort to educate consumers about the known injustices found in the cocoa industry and the solutions that are available. Through our partnership with the Global Cocoa Project, we hope to grow the demand for socially and environmentally sustainable cocoa, ultimately benefiting the lives of thousands of cocoa farmers and their families around the world,” said Cate Baril, Director of Business Development, Fair Trade USA.
“Explore the World of Chocolate”
Join the Global Cocoa Project next week as they host their tasting event, “Explore the World of Chocolate,”  in New York and San Francisco. The evening will showcase leading chocolate companies who are committed to doing business in a fair and responsible way. In addition to the chocolate tasting, guests will be able to enjoy complementary wine tasting, a wide variety of food and a selection of tea, coffee and other beverages.
Enjoy exquisite chocolate from regions in Ghana, Bali, Madagascar, Ecuador and many, many more! Chocolates will be presented by country of origin, so get ready to awaken the senses, a global tasting adventure awaits!
Who: The Global Cocoa Project 
What: “Explore the World of Chocolate,”  a Valentine’s Day chocolate tasting event to support cocoa farmers in West Africa
When: Saturday, February 12, 1:00pm- 4:00pm (NY) and Thursday, February 10th, 7:00pm-10:00pm (SF)
Where: This event has two locations:
The Hub SoMa , 925 Mission St @ 5th, San Francisco, CA
Vintage Irving , 118a. E. 15th St. New York, NY
Why: To help the Global Cocoa Project in its efforts to support cocoa farms around the world. The proceeds from the event will be donated to Project Hope & Fairness , a 501c3 organization that assists African cocoa farmers who suffer disproportionately from the inequities in the world cocoa trade
To find out more about the event and purchase tickets, click the links below!
San Francisco: http://www.explorechocolatesf.eventbrite.com/ 
New York: http://explorechocolate.eventbrite.com/