Maui Ag Festival

On Saturday, April 7, 2012 the Maui County Farm Bureau along with local farmers, ranchers and other agricultural associates will present the annual Maui County Agricultural Festival to share agriculture’s vital role in the economy, environment, and lifestyle of Maui.

This annual event is held on the lū‘au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū and is Maui’s prime event to raise awareness about local agriculture on Maui.

Here’s an event where you and your family can discover what agriculture means to our communities, to taste fresh flavors and most of all have fun!  Hosted by Maui County Farm Bureau in partnership with Office of Economic Development, and supported by generous sponsors, the festival provides the one-stop experience of the wondrous impact of agriculture in day-to-day life.

Even more, it’s the best time of the year to enjoy food that is clean, healthful, tastes good and is Grown on Maui at the Grand Taste Education from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Presented in partnership with Slow Food Maui, Maui’s farmers and chefs come together to showcase all that Maui has to offer. Talk story sessions take place under a tent allowing the community to learn about the food grown and raised on Maui. Chefs are on hand to offer cooking tips and techniques.

This year twelve chef and farmer volunteers team up for this event that is sure to awaken you senses as they capture the flavors of menus that are local and fresh.

The teams look like this:

Jojo Vasquez, Chef de Cuisine for Banyan Tree at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua partners with Alika Atay of Maui Sweet Potato Company for ube macapuno ice cream made with purple Okinawan sweet potatoes.

How about eggplant parmigiani for Hoʻo Pono Farm and Chef Wesley Holder of Westin Kā’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.

Private chef Riko Bartolome works with Ian Cole of the Breadfruit Institute to whip up pan-fried smoked salmon-‘ulu cakes.  Ian Cole will also talk about breadfruit on stage. The Institute, where he serves as curator and collection manager, promotes the conservation and use of breadfruit for food and reforestation, and manages the largest collection of breadfruit in the world, conserving over 120 varieties from throughout the Pacific.

Maui Ag Festival is proud to welcome James Beard award-winning chef Alan Wong, who will explore with his audience what a sustainable Maui really means.

Garrett W. Marrero of award-winning Maui Brewing Co. in Lahaina will talk about his experiences concerning the potential for agricultural growth through responsible business practices and collaboration. Beers that are 100 percent locally made!  One company can make a difference for Maui ag.

The Grand Taste Education program is as follows:

10am – 11 am  Introduction of national and local food and travel writer judges and introduction and judging of 12 farmer/chef teams

11 am – 2 pm Grand Taste Education

11:15 am Grand Taste Education Session: Breadfruit by Ian Cole and Chef Riko Bartolome

12:15 pm Grand Taste Education Session: Sustainability by Chef Alan Wong

1:15 pm Grand Taste Education Session: Garret Marrero, Maui Brewing Company

2:15 pm Awards presentation at Main Stage


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