Competition info – Asia-Pacific 2018

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Asia-Pacific, 2018

Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Judging dates: September 8, 2018 – September 12, 2018


We are proud to announce that for the first year our Asia-Pacific competition will be held in Asia, with Taiwan as the first Asian hosting country for the International Chocolate Awards. For several years, Asia-Pacific has been held as part of the Americas competition in New York, but with increasing entries and a growing interest in fine chocolate in the region we are pleased to launch this new world region competition.

Asia-Pacific brings together bean-to-bar chocolate bars and chocolatier products from diverse cultures around the region to celebrate innovation and excellence in fine chocolate and chocolate making, including entrants from Japan, Taiwan, India, Australia and New Zealand, the Pacific islands and other the many other Asian countries now developing fine chocolate products.

Our first Asia-Pacific competition is being held in cooperative partnership with the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT), the PingTung County Government (PTHG) and the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau (SWCB). The judging takes place in the city of Kaohsiung, close to the cacao growing regions of Taiwan in PingTung.

The chocolate competition will be followed by a national cacao competition, held in partnership with the PingTung County Government. Details of how to enter this competition will be provided to national cacao growers.

Early judging for bean-to-bar – sample deadline: 27 July 2018

To allow extended judging of all bean-to-bar plain/origin and flavoured bars, our competitions now include remote early judging of all bars. All BARS should be sent to the receiving venue by 27 July 2018. Entries for all other categories, including short-shelf life products should arrive before the main judging round by 6 September 2018.

Awards Ceremony, Taipei 14 September 2018

The winners of the 2018 Asia-Pacific competition will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in Taipei on the evening of 14 September 2018. All Asia-Pacific entrants and judges are invited to attend. Full details to follow.


Open to all entrants with their main office or headquarters in Asia-Pacific, Oceania and India for all categories.

The admission fee for this competition is USD $65 and the fee for each entry is USD $50. Prices will be converted into local currency by your credit card company, if required.

Competition status

This competition is not currently open for entries or has passed. Please check back for future competitions.


Address for samples

International Chocolate Awards
c/o Grand Crus Corp.
6F., No.687,
Mingcheng 3rd Rd.,
Gushan Dist., Kaohsiung
City 80453, Taiwan

Please note samples can be received only at these times: 14:00-23:00

Local couriers are aware of the time restrictions


To ensure your samples are in the best condition for the competition, please do not send for delivery before the samples opening date. For fresh products such as ganaches, you are advised to send in the last week before the closing date.

  • Open to receive samples:
    – August 1, 2018
  • Last day to receive samples:
    – September 7, 2018
  • Online closing date:
    – September 7, 2018
Dates for bars

All bars are judged early, please ensure you send your samples in time.

  • Open to receive samples:
    – June 5, 2018
  • Last day to receive samples:
    – July 27, 2018
  • Online closing date:
    – July 27, 2018
Sample quantities

To ensure that we have enough products go through our Selection, Main and Grand Jury judging rounds, please send the following quantities of EACH product you enter:

  • Bars: 400g (14 ounces) total weight
  • Filled/bonbons etc: 40 pieces
  • Spreads: 300 grams/10 ounces