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.

FARMER’S MARKET
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.

FOOD BOOTHS
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.

KEIKI ZONE
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.

ASK THE DOCTOR
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.

CENTER STAGE
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.

FARM VISITS
Maui Tropical Plantation offers Tram Rides.

GRAND TASTE
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

LEGACY FARMERS PANCAKE BREAKFAST
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

 

2015 Friend of Agriculture Award goes to ….

Chef Francois Milliet captures the honor at 13th Annual ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards

The Westin Ka‘anapali’s Executive Chef Francois Milliet received a special honor: the Friend of Agricultureaward. Unlike the majority of ‘Aipono Awards, whose winners are determined by the readers of Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine, Friend of Agriculture is sponsored and its winner selected by the Maui County Farm Bureau.

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“Chef Francois wraps his menus around local ingredients, says Farm Bureau President Warren Watanabe, noting Milliet’s support of Maui agriculture in ways big and small, from participating in events like the Maui Onion and Maui County Agriculture festivals, to fostering relationships between the island’s chefs and its farmers and ranchers. “For example, he paired with Lynn and Russell DeCoite of Moloka‘i’s L&R Ranch to create a sweet potato gnocchi for his restaurants.” The hens at Theo Morrison’s small-scale Neighborhood Farm don’t lay enough eggs to supply The Westin’s restaurants, so Milliet supports her endeavor by featuring the eggs in the hotel’s gourmet market. “Chef Francois also added a Grown on Maui salad to his menu,” Watanabe says, “and donates a dollar to the Farm Bureau’s Growing Future Farmers program each time a diner orders that item.”

On Sunday, April 26, Pulehu: an Italian Grill earned its third consecutive Gold ‘Aipono Award for Best Italian Restaurant, tying with Sale Pepe in that category. The win brings to eight the number of ‘Aipono Awards Pulehu has won since 2010, including four Silvers for Best Wine List and one Silver for Best-kept Secret. Pulehu is located in the Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas at Ka‘anapali Beach Resort.

Sister venue Ocean Pool Bar & Grill made its ‘Aipono debut that evening, winning the Silver award in a new category, Best Fish Taco.

   ‘Aipono combines the Hawaiian words ‘ai (food) and pono (excellence) to encompass the theme of exceptional dining. Sponsored by Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine, and held this year at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, the ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards recognize the best of Maui’s food, wine and hospitality industries.

More than 400 restaurant professionals and industry supporters attended the 2015 ‘Aipono Gala — the largest in ‘Aipono history. Each year, the event raises substantial funds for Maui Culinary Academy at the University of Hawai‘i–Maui College, and provides a rare mentoring opportunity for Academy students, who spend the day of the gala working side by side with professional chefs in a real-world restaurant environment.

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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.

Tickets: ORDER TICKETS HERE

 

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.

Agriculture in the Classroom 2014

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Second graders in five classrooms at Princess Nahi’ena’ena welcomed Maui County Farm Bureau to their classrooms today for its annual Agriculture in the Classroom program. Charlene and Ka’ eo presented the lesson plan “Where would we be without seeds”. The focus was on parts of seeds and lifecycle of plants.

The Ag in the Classroom program is available to all second graders on Maui.  To sign up contact Charlene@KauhaneInc.com In-class presentations run Tuesdays and Thursdays December through February. The second part of Ag in the Classroom is a field trip planned in March.

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We can Kendama, can you?

Anyone who attends the upcoming “KOKUA AG: Growing Our Future Together” event on Sunday, May 18th is eligible to participate in this one-of-a-kind Kendama Dance Moves Contest.  Just bring your imagination and your dancing slippas!

There will be three competition categories: ages 1-11, 12-17 and 18-older. Everyone will be invited to participate. When the age category is called, everyone comes to the floor where participants will be judged on their moves.

Did you know there are over 50 Kendama moves – probably more by now? Show us your airplane, light house, lunar, jumping jack, bird, UFO, jumping stick, helicopter, eagle, ring, butterfly …. or create G-rated moves of your own. Remember this is a family-fun event. Check out this webpage for ideas http://wash.wsd.wednet.edu/faculty/mackenzie/counselor/KENDAMA_CLUB_files/Tricks%20%28from%20UK%29.pdf

Three winners (one per category) will receive a gift certificate to the kendama store, Kaleidoscope: ages 1-11 category wins a $50 gift certificate, ages 12-17 wins a $70 gift certificate, and 18 and older wins a $80 gift certificate. All dance contest participants are eligible to win a special prize – a  Mini iPad!

The “KOKUA AG: Growing Our Future Together” event, a benefit for the Maui County Farm Bureau, will be held at the Baldwin High School Gym from 11 am to 1 pm.

For more information on this Kendama Dance Moves Contest, call Alice Lee at 244-2119. Hope to see you there!

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. 
More information: Charlene@KauhaneInc.com

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 www.jamiekennedy.ca 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.

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.

When:

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

Where:

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.