2017 Maui County Ag Festival

Maui Ag Festival

Maui County Agricultural FestivalThe 10th Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival, Maui’s prime event to raise awareness about Maui ag while invigorating Maui ag, will take place on Sat., April 1. The entire industry, its allies, and supporters come together on the lü‘au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapü to share what each group does for the collective good of agriculture in the County, and to showcase ag’s vital role in the economy, environment, and lifestyle of Maui.

Hosted by Maui County Farm Bureau (MCFB) in partnership with Office of Economic Development, generous sponsors and industry allies, here is the opportunity to learn about agricultural issues and their impact on our day-to-day lives. Event hours are 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; admission is $5 for adults (kupuna 65 and over free and keiki under 18 free as well). Free parking and shuttle transfers from Ma’alae’a side parking lot to main entrance to AgFest.

Families won’t want to miss this year’s “Maui Legacy Pancake Breakfast” from 8 am – 10:30 am. It’s bingo, a raffle and time to honor three Maui farmers who have contributed greatly to Maui’s agricultural industry. They are Peter Baldwin, Piiholo Ranch, Richard “Dick” Cameron, HC&S, Doug MacCluer, Maui Pineapple Company and Maui Gold Pineapple Company, and Dr. Wilbert Yee, Yee’s Orchard famous for its Goldenglow mangoes. One of the big highlights this year is the expanded “Keiki Zone” complete with bouncers, farm games, livestock exhibit, pony and horse rides and family-friendly food by Chef/Owner Chris Schobel of Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse BBQ. Alaka’i Paleka, Maui’s Morning Goddess of KPOA Radio returns as emcee at the entertainment stage with an awesome lineup and great giveways throughout the day.

Expanding on activities for the whole family, check out the “Keiki and Teens Cook for Heart” from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Chefs Paris Nabavi of Sangrita Grill and Cantina, Rob Mason Lyndon Hondon, and Riko Bartolome lead culinary classes from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm centered around three crops – avocado, tomatoes, bananas. This is all part of an American Heart Association program called “Keiki & Teens Cook for Heart”. The chefs have been in the several West Maui schools earlier this year teaching culinary classes in elementary schools and Lahainaluna High School.

More hands on activities found in flower tent. The general public is invited to make fresh flower lei, ipu, along with Gayle and team from Na Kani O Hula.

It’s good to know who grows our food. The market also shows the importance to ag of value-added products such as taro chips, pickles, and teriyaki beef: They stretch the season, absorb surplus, and provide extra farming revenue. Also check out MauiWine and Maui Gold tent and Maui Coffee Association. Both demonstrate the process of growing an agricultural product and producing a value-added product.

Humble crops transform into satisfying meals when carefully prepared. Sample the best of all natural beef – hamburgers, poke bowls and smoked meat, Fork to Salad, Roselani Ice Cream, Shaka Pops and local favorites chow fun and smoked meat and 100 % Maui beef burgers and fries. Look for Maui Fresh Streatery and Three’s Bar & Grill Food Truck.

Kids learn about ranching and food production while at play. Join us for barnyard games favored by children around the world and learn about livestock. Horseback and pony rides, bouncers and Livestock Exhibit throughout the day. Keiki entertainment stage with live musical performances, magic show and more.

Healthy soil and plants are key to successful farming. Maui can bring soil samples for analysis and learn about plant health or peer through a microscope for a close-up of bugs affecting our crops. With the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources specialists.

Taiko drummers, Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus –Ensemble, Honoka’a Jazz Band, Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimentel, Napua Nakasone Greig and Halau Nalei Kaumaka O Uka, Kaina Country Band on stage from 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Maui Tropical Plantation offers Tram Rides.

Maui’s famed regional cuisine is based on locally grown produce: Meet local chefs and farmers who are creating menus that matter. Fees apply. NEW time from 2:30 pm – 4;30 pm. Purchased tickets online in advance $30 at the event $40. Sponsored by Edible Hawaiian Island, a Live Chefs Challenge is planned from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Grand Taste Tickets

Tickets on sale for “Legacy Farmers Pancake Breakfast” $10 adults / $5 keiki (12 and under), Grand Taste $30 before March 31 and $40 day of the event and Chefs Collaboration Dinner limited to 21 years and older $75 per person/$600 table of eight. Purchase HERE


Grand Taste Tickets on Sale Now!

Grand Taste 2015 – “A bite of Maui”

Annual Grand Taste at NEW time 3:30 - 5:30 pm features a dozen farmer and chef booths.

Annual Grand Taste at NEW time 3:30 – 5:30 pm features a dozen farmer and chef booths.

Presented in partnership with Slow Food Maui.

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (new time).

Cost: $30 purchased online (plus fee) by April 2 or $40 at the event.

Location: Field of Dreams/Lu’au Grounds at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.



Instructions: Print ticket/receipt and present at the Grand Taste admission tent starting at 2:30 pm. Organizers will check ID’s and issue wrist bands starting at 2:30 pm. Grand Taste will start at 3:30 pm. Ticket holders may present their ticket at the main entrance to Maui County Ag Festival. The $3 admission fee will be waived.

Background: Maui chefs pair with Maui farmers and ranchers to create localicious bites at this year’s Grand Taste. Guests will enjoy a mouthful of local, fresh and flavorful bites made by 12 Maui chefs. 12 farmer and chef stations feature six bites with a local protein as a main ingredient and six bites with a locally grown vegetable as the main ingredient.

This is an event for those who seek dishes inspired by local ingredients grown, raised by Maui’s farmers and ranchers, and prepared by a dozen of Maui’s top locavore chefs.

Other: Payment includes one bottle of water per ticket holder. Beverages will be available for purchase.

Disclaimer: No refunds, exchanges or reimbursements. Some of the dishes will be vegetarian or gluten free. Menu is subject to change without notification based on availability of produce and products.

Mark your calendar for Ag Fest

Maui County Agricultural FestivalMaui County Agricultural Festival – Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Lūʻau Grounds at Maui Tropical Plantation

Maui County Agricultural Festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Maui Legacy Farmers’ Pancake Breakfast is scheduled from 8 am – 11 am. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for keiki 12 and under. Ages 5 and under are free.

Grand Taste from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Grand Taste is a ticketed event. Tickets purchased, in advance, are $30 each (adults and children) or on-site on the day of the event for $40 (adults and children). Tickets are limited. Mauiʻs top locavore chefs present Grown on Maui produce, proteins and value-added agricultural products.

* Schedule is subject to change based on farmers and chefs availability.
* Menu is subject to change based on availability of product due to weather and discretion of chef.  
* Ticket holder should print a receipt after purchasing tickets online and bring to event.
* Ticket holders are allowed to get one taste from each farmer / chef station. 
* Ticket holders must arrive no later than one hour before closing.
$5 fee collected at the main entrance for Maui County Ag Festival; Free for Grand Taste ticket holders.
Free parking
Free entertainment



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 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PRbzyiraKOLzZUXAnBsbMMLG4STrDrhzkzgolQh8Dwc/viewform?embedded=true 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: https://www.facebook.com/GallerieSpontaneous?ref=ts&fref=ts

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.

Farmers + Chefs = Menus that Matter

Grand Taste Education: Front row, l-r: Alika Atay, Maui Sweet Potato Co. with Jojo Vasquez, Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; Isaac Bancaco, Humu at Grand Wailea; Joey Mcadangdang, Royʻs Restaurants; Ian Cole, Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden with Riko Bartolome and James Simpliciano. Second row l-r: David Fitch, Mālama Farm with Marc McDowell, Mākena Beach and Golf Resort; Sheldon Simeon, Star Noodle & Leodaʻs Kitchen & Pie Shop with Bobby Pahia, Hoʻaloha Farms; Tylun Pang, Kō at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui with Alex Franco, Maui Cattle Company, and Scott McGill of TS Restaurants and Chris Schobel of Hula Grill. Third row, l-r: Wesley Holder, Pulehu, an Italian Grill, The Westin Kāʻanapali. Missing from photo: David Horsman and Manu Akana of Hoʻopono Farms, Kapalua; Jamie Shishio, J. Shishido Farm with Jennifer Nguyen; Ivan Pahk; Bill and Marta Greenleaf with Jeffery Heubschman: Wili Wood and Kekai Keahi of Loiʻs of Honokohau; Lynn and Russell DeCoite of L&R Farm on Molokaʻi.

This year, Maui agriculture, education, and hospitality come together in unprecedented ways to present the edibles that are Grown on Maui. Maui’s farmers, ranchers, and fishermen pair with chefs and presenters to cook up a series of full- flavor programs. Because menus matter. Because we want to know exactly why they matter.

At the root of who we are, each one of us wants food that is clean, healthful, kind, and good. At the Grand Taste Education, we taste food that is Grown on Maui, because it can provide all that. The event will awaken your senses. Taste is a sense. Good taste is common sense and grows a sustainable Maui.

So the twelve chef/farmer volunteer teams at this year’s Grand Taste Education invite you to capture the flavors of menus that are local and fresh. Let’s tempt you: 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. It’s 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.

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.

Think sustainability is an elusive and overused concept? We’re proud to welcome James Beard award-winning chef Alan Wong, who will explore with his audience what a sustainable Maui really means.

One company can make a difference for Maui ag. Garrett W. Marrero of award-winning Maui Brewing Co. in Lahaina joins us to talk about his experiences concerning the potential for agricultural growth through responsible business practices and collaboration. Beers that are 100 percent locally made: Now, that’s easy to relate to on a Saturday!

A grand mahalo to our Grand Taste Education partner, Slow Food Maui, a local chapter of Slow Food USA, which envisions a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet. We are honored that Peter Merriman has generously agreed to be our advisor. Mahalo also to our emcee, Chris Speere, and to his students of Maui Culinary Academy, who are donating time and talent to assist. Finally, to chefs Ryan Luckey, Isaac Bancaco and Riko Bartolome for their time and guidance with this yearʻs Grand Taste. See you there!

Don’t miss the Grand Taste Education at the Maui County Ag Festival on Saturday, April 7, from 10 am – 2 pm! Tickets available online now thru April 5.  Tickets: $25 online, $30 at the door.  Purchase online here or slowfoodmaui.org.

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