Wild Chocolate will be held inside the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium.Elion Paz, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

It’s not spring yet, but the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s calendar is already heating up.

On Sunday, March 5, the garden is staying open after hours for Wild Chocolate, a chocolate and cider tasting party inside its grand atrium. Brooklyn’s Raaka Chocolate is bringing cacao pods as well as finished bars for attendees to taste their way from nib to bar, while sipping drinks from Descendant Cider, the city’s only local cidery.

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The sound of crickets will be your cue to dance when National Geographic’s DJ Ecotone starts his very garden-appropriate “wildlife DJ” set, turning the sounds of rainforest frogs, insects and birds into dance beats.


Chocolate fans should arrive early to hear Raaka founder Nate Hodge drop some knowledge about venturing into the Peruvian Amazon rainforest to search for wild cacao, then showing how those beans are turned into bars. There are cacao plants (along with vanilla, coffee, macadamia and other edible plants) inside the garden's Tropical Pavilion; there's a guided tour from 2:30-3 p.m., or browse at your leisure.

Tickets are $35, and sorry kiddos, all attendees must be 21 and over.And because we know you're curious, check out DJ Ecotone at work:

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