2009 (3rd edition)
The Cocoa region of Dame-Marie offered itself to the third edition of the Cocoa Festival, this great gathering around a culture that, for over three centuries, ensured the reputation and wealth of the Grand Anse county. It was in Dame-Marie that this product was reintroduced in the colony of Saint-Domingue in 1736 (ref. T. Madiou History of Haiti, Volume I. The production of cocoa reached its climax in 1950s, when cocoa was processed, bagged and shipped directly abroad. A railway line ran directly from the Central Processing Plant to the city wharf.
The third edition of the Festival was celebrated in Dame Marie from April 24th to the 26th, 2009. Steps taken during the previous month by FESMAR and its monitoring committee allowed the implementation of a first project to revive cocoa production, which was launched for this particular edition. The completion of the first two editions of the Cocoa Festival were deemed worth of support, and shouldered by, the Ministry of Tourism (MT), the Ministry of Agriculture (MA) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
The organizers and initiators are convinced of the merits this festival represents for stimulus to the national economy. They hope to see new additions to the regular partners, others who will support this important initiative.