Grown on Maui Chefs’ Collaboration Dinner

John Jackson and Connie DeSousa of Calgary, Albertaʻs CHARCUT Roast House

John Jackson and Connie DeSousa of Calgary, Albertaʻs CHARCUT Roast House

A benefit for Maui agriculture, this special Chefsʻ Collaboration Dinner brings five Maui
chefs together with four chefs from Calgary, Alberta Thursday, April 3, 5:30 pm at Maui
Tropical Plantation.
Maui chefs include Sheldon Simeon of Migrant and Mala Wailea; Ryan Luckey of Leilaniʻs
on the Beach; Lyndon Honda of Laulima Events and Catering; Eric Faivre of Bistro Molokini
and Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa at Grand Wailea; and Tylun Pango of Kō at The Fairmont
Kea Lani, Maui. From Calgary meet star chefs John Jackson and Connie DeSousa of
CHARCUT Roast House, Jessica Pelland of charbar Restaurant & Patio and Pierre Lamielle.
5:15 pm  Check in
5:30 pm  Reception with music by Reiko Fukino
6:45 pm  Dinner 
7:30 pm  Entertainment by Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimental 
Free parking. No host bar. Weather permitting, outdoor seating otherwise event held indoors on luau
grounds.  Jacket or sweater recommended. No refunds. 
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Chef Jamie Kennedy of Gilead Cafe in Toronto on Maui

Chef Jamie Kennedy
Chef Jamie Kennedy of Gilead Cafe in Toronto is on Maui April 9 through April 16 on a cultural chef exchange. Three consumer events are planned (see schedule of events). In addition, Chef Jamie will visit several farms to learn more about Maui agriculture and the islandʻs local food movement. The farms include The Breadfruit Institute at Kahanu Gardens, Hana Fresh Market, Kupaʻa Farm, Yeeʻs Orchard, and others. Chef Jamie will meet several Maui chefs including Perry Bateman of Mamaʻs Fish House, Jeff Scheer of Maui Executive Catering, Chris Spe ere of the Maui Culinary Academy, Craig Erickson of Nāpili Kai Beach Resort, James Simpliciano, and Lyndon Honda.

For over three decades Jamie Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada. His innovative approach to gastronomy, commitment to sustainable agriculture and advocacy of local food have been unwavering. He uses his role as Chef to strengthen the vital links within Toronto’s community of artisans, farmers, wineries and fellow chefs, while providing his audience with an educational and nourishing demonstration of the bounty and excellence possible right in our own backyard.

Jamie has applied the slow food philosophy in every aspect of his acclaimed restaurants and his flourishing catering business. His seasonal methods of cooking and involvement with the local food movement continue to inspire progress in agricultural and gastronomical communities across Canada.

In 2010, Jamie was honored for his contributions with two major appointments; with Chef Michael Stadtländer, he was awarded for his leadership at the inaugural Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table, and soon after he was appointed to the rank of Member of the Order of Canada.

Jamie’s headquarters and restaurant, Gilead, are located in historic Corktown. Jamie Kennedy Event Catering is based out of the beautiful Gardiner Museum, where one can also enjoy the Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Café.  Windows by Jamie Kennedy, at the Sheraton on the Falls hotel in Niagara Falls, opened in February 2012.

Visit for more information, including a complete bio. Follow us on Twitter at #MauiAg.

Schedule of Maui Events:

  • “Lunch at The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant” – Friday, April 12, seatings at  11 am – 12:30 p.m. Maui Culinary Academy’s highly acclaimed fine-dining restaurant is a 75-seat facility with a breathtaking ocean view. At the center of this living classroom is the Exhibition Kitchen, where restaurant patrons can watch up-and-coming chefs as they deftly wield pots, pans, knives and spatulas to prepare cuisine that is unrivaled on Maui. Appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and desserts will highlight the Island’s freshest locally-grown produce. Tucked into the corner of the restaurant is a beautifully appointed 16-seat private dining room.
  • “Frites Stand at Upcountry Farmers Market” – Saturday, April 13, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet chef Jamie Kennedy at the Upcountry Farmers Market. Jamie will prepare his signature ‘frites’ (french fries) from locally sourced Grown no Maui breadfruit, taro, and potatoes sourced from The Breadfruit Institute at Kahanu Gardens, Kupa’a Farm and Nohoʻana Farm. He will also feature Molokai Sweet Potato from L&R Farm. The Frites Stand is a benefit for Slow Food Maui, a member of Slow Food USA.  Chef Jamie Kennedy is a founding member of Slow Food Toronto. Jamieʻs Gilead Cafe is recognized for “best french fries in Toronto”.  Members of Slow Food Maui and chef Jeff Scheer of Maui Executive Catering in Haiku will be on hand to help Chef Jamie at the Frites Stand
  • “Chef Jamie Kennedy presents Grown on Maui Dinner at Merriman’s Kapalua” Four course meal prepared by chef Jamie Kennedy with support from chefs Peter Merriman and Ricky Sakoda of Merriman’s Kapalua, Jeff Scheer of Maui Executive Catering, Lyndon Honda and  students from the Maui Culinary Academy. This event is a benefit for the Maui County Farm Bureauʻs Grown on Maui program. $100 per person, four courses and passed hors dʻoeuvres. Cocktails/Wine charged separately.   5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Limited to 70 guests. Call 808-669-6400 for reservations.

Maui County Agricultural Festival Map

The 2013 Maui County Agricultural Festival map helps you plan your day. Don’t forget to

take advantage of the free, continuous shuttle service between Baldwin High School and

Maui Tropical Plantation. Shuttle service starts at 8:30 am and runs until closing.

See you there!


Free Shuttle Service for Maui AgFest 2013

Ag Fest Adds New Free Shuttle Service

Baldwin High School to Maui Tropical Plantation and Return

In response to ever growing crowds and limited parking at the Maui Tropical Plantation the Maui Ag Fest has added continuous free shuttle service to and from the event in Waikapu on Saturday, April 6.

Those attending are urged to park at the Baldwin High School and catch the shuttle. The service starts at 8:30 am and runs both ways throughout the day. The ride sponsored by Roberts Hawaii only takes seven minutes. Shuttle riders may also enter to win round trip air for two from Go!

General admission to the annual Maui Ag Fest is free. It features many exhibits, demonstrations, panels, guest speakers, special events, animals, food and fun for the whole family.

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Maui Youth Ag Network Comes to AgFest!

Maui Ag Youth Network


Taylor, a student in the Science and Natural Resources Academy at Kamehameha Schools Maui is working on her senior project. Born and raised on Maui, she wants to know what youth know and feel about agriculture.

Complete this survey AND meet Taylor at the Maui County Ag Festival on Saturday, April 6, from 9 am – 12:30 pm at the Grown on Maui tent. Participate in the Instagram Contest scheduled 9 am – 11:30 am. Itʻs easy. Post your photos and captions about “Grown on Maui”. Use #MauiAg. Top three photos/captions will be announced at noon. Giveaways and prizes.


Grand thank you to 2013 Maui County Ag Festival sponsors!


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Gallerie Spontaneous at Maui County Agricultural Festival

Art + Ag = Fertile GroundThe Maui County Agricultural Festival was looking for an “art component.” Gallerie Spontaneous was looking for a venue. All involved decided it was a match made in farm/food/flower heaven. Created by writer Bonnie Friedman and photographer Tony Novak-Clifford, Gallerie Spontaneous is a small, growing collective of artists and art enthusiasts with a goal of advocating for the arts and artists of Maui County, both emerging and established. The collective was formed with the intention of mounting one-day, juried exhibitions at various locations around the island throughout the year. “We are delighted to be making our debut at this year’s Maui County Agricultural Festival. The theme for this show is ‘Fertile Ground.’ And we think the possibilities are endless. From photos of keiki in loi kalo to pastel floral still-lifes, we encourage Maui’s artists to let their imaginations run wild,” says Bonnie Friedman.

“Everyone knows agriculture provides food and fiber.  But it also provides esthetics, beauty, resource management, heritage, and culture. These are values we believe Maui artists will be able to share through their works of art exhibited in Gallerie Spontaneous at this year’s Ag Festival,” said Warren K. Watanabe, executive director, Maui County Farm Bureau.”

Submissions due March 29. For complete details and prospectus, please visit – and “Like” – us at our Facebook page:

Presented by the Maui County Farm Bureau in partnership with the Office of Economic Development, the Maui County Agricultural Festival will be held on Saturday, April 6, at the Maui Tropical Plantation, 9 am – 4 pm.



Maui County Agricultural Festival Grand Taste Education Tickets Now On Sale!

Maui County Agricultural FestivalAt the root of who we are, each of us wants food that is fresh and flavorful. At Grand Taste Education, we taste food that is Grown on Maui. this year, 12 Maui farmers and ranchers pair with chefs to cook up a series of full-flavor edibles. This event will awaken your senses. Taste is a sense. Good taste is common sense and grows a sustainable Maui.


Saturday, April 6, 2013
9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Maui County Agricultural Festival
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Grand Taste Education
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm  Live Chef Competition & Awards Presentation


Maui Tropical Plantation
1670 Honoapiilani Highway
Waikapu, HI 96793

Grand Taste Education is collaboration between Maui County Farm Bureau and Slow Food Maui. The mission of Maui County Farm Bureau is to protect, and advance the social, economic, and educational interests of the agricultural community of Maui County.
Maui County Ag Fest Farmers
We look forward to seeing you at the event! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Maui Grows Pineapples

Once accounting for 80 percent of worldwide production, Hawai‘i-grown pineapples are increasingly grown on small farms across Maui. This heritage-crop bromeliad is celebrated in many cultures as a symbol of hospitality; it is the islands’ gift of aloha.

Maui Grows Herbs

Ali'i Kula LavenderOften inconspicuous and small, huge with flavor and fragrance, herbs add the finishing touch to Maui’s famed regional cuisine. Maui lavender, lemon grass, basil,
ginger root and cilantro form just a small bouquet in this critical niche industry.