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Meet the Chocolate Maker: Brett Beach from MIA (Made In Africa)

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Friday, May 11, 2018 - 17:00
The Craft Chocolate Takeover at Canopy Market
West Handysdie Canopy (outside Waitrose)

This May, Canopy Market, the weekly independent market at King’s Cross, is collaborating with Cocoa Runners to host a one-off celebration of all things cocoa for a weekend of total sensory pleasure. From the 11th– 13thof May, Canopy will host a dedicated chocolate market packed with the best craft chocolatiers, tastings, talks and demonstrations, all under the market’s beautifully restored Victorian glass and steel roof. 

MIA was launched in the summer of 2017 by Brett and Sarah who aimed to unite a group of like-minded individuals around the central brand vision, namely, “that some of the very best foods can be crafted at the source of the ingredients in Africa, and in a way that creates a positive connection between producers and consumers.”

Brett, born in Britain and raised in the USA, developed a passion for Africa whilst working in Madagascar, first as a volunteer teacher and later as a project manager in social development. Brett has a decade of experience in chocolate prior to founding MIA as a co-founder of Madécasse. Sarah is a local of the picturesque Belgian town of Bruges, celebrated internationally for its own traditions of chocolaterie. However, it wasn’t until she began tasting single origin chocolate that she began to fully appreciate the extraordinary potential of cocoa varieties and the depth of flavour imparted by terroir and variations in the chocolate making process. Her passion for the richness of African culture and traditions was sparked as a tour guide on the Nile after completing a degree in marketing.

Today we are joined by Brett, who will talk about the opportunities and challenges of crafting chocolate at origin, and share some of changes that have already taken place in Madagascar thanks to MIA's One for Change program.  He'll also be sharing some of MIA's delicious bars with attendees!

All attendees will receive a voucher which can be redeemed against chocolate bars from participating makers at the Market.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Nope.  Everyone is welcome!

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The nearest station is Kings Cross St Pancras, but the venue is also a short stroll from Euston.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you've got any questions, you can email us at


West Handysdie Canopy (outside Waitrose) Kings Cross, London, N1C 4BH

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