Maui County Agricultural Festival

Sat., April 1, 2017
9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Admission $5 at Door or included with other ticket sales.

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 four 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.

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


Mark your calendar!

Maui County Agricultural Festival Dates:

First Saturday in April Easter
 Saturday, April 01, 2017  Sunday, April 16, 2017
 Saturday, April 07, 2018  Sunday, April 1, 2018
 Saturday, April 06, 2019  Sunday, April 21, 2019
 Saturday, April 04, 2020  Sunday, April 12, 2020
 Saturday, April 03, 2021  Sunday, April 4, 2021

Festival highlights:

Victory Farm: A live farm to learn about Maui’s crops.

Farm Animals: Animals that aid in farm management and provide food are on site.

Maui County Agricultural Festival - Grow LocalGrown on Maui: Visit the farmers market and meet the farmers who grow your food.

Food Booths: From farm to table, sample hot dishes, cold ice cream, have lunch.

Keiki Activities: Kids learn when at play. Barnyard games and farm activities.

Wellness/Health: Demonstrations and info on fixing nutritious meals with fresh foods.

Contests: Share your Grown-on-Maui recipes and find out how they compare.

Composting: Learn how to make compost with kitchen scraps and garden waste.

Story Telling: Learn Hawaiian agriculture words and phrases.

Bugs up Close: The Good, Bad and the Ugly
Landscaping: Kaahumanu/Wahinepio Avenues” and “Landscaping Q/A.”
Taste Test and Ranking of new kalo hybrids
Ag Business Succession
Water Testing for FSMA and GAP
Pre- and Probiotics and Poi Drink Sampling
Soil Nutrient Management
Differences between grain-finished and grass-finished beef

Master Gardner Program booth will have:

  • UH Seeds and Maui Master Gardener Apiary Honey for sale
  • Maui Master Gardener Help Desk providing answers to your gardening questions and offering research-based information.
  • Information regarding our Maui Master Gardener Program and Training
  • Information on Fruit Flies and our monthly fruit fly class.

Interested in becoming a vendor?

Maui County SealWe have openings in our Grown on Maui Farmers Market tent, in our Education and Information tent, Food Booths and Value Added Prepared Food / Products.

Vendor Forms

Mahalo to our sponsors:

Maui County Ag Festival –  Support Continues to Grow

 Maui County Agriculture Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017.  Designed to raise awareness and educate the community about Maui’s agriculture industry while offering farmers, ranchers and “Friends of Agriculture” a market to sell their products and produce and to interact with the general public, AgFest is Maui’s largest agricultural event. AgFest is a fun, family-friendly, food-enthusists affair presented on the first Saturday in April reduce the disconnect between Maui agriculture and Maui residents through educational displays, interaction with Maui’s farmers and ranchers, cooking demonstrations, and hands-on, interactive displays.
More and more, people seek Grown on Maui when they shop and dine on island. However, Maui ag would like the general public to have a better understanding of the important needs required to have a productive and thriving agriculture industry on Maui. We welcome your support. Join us at AgFest. Learn more about our annual programs including AgFest, Agriculture in the Classroom, Growing Future Farmers and Grown on Maui.
Maui County Farm Bureau would not be able to present AgFest without the generous support from the County of Maui, Office of Economic Development and our sponsors.
Join us in thanking our 2017 sponsors.

Gold Sponsors / $5,000.00:

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc Maui Tropical Plantation Ulu Pono Initiative
 County of Maui


Silver Sponsors / $2,500.00:

Young Brothers

Bronze Sponsors / $1,500.00:

Maui Electric Company
Maui Hotel & Lodging Association

Friend of Agriculture / $500.00:Queen Kaahumanu Center

Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center
Merriman’s Kapalua
Cane & Canoe
Pulehu, an Italian Grill
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a at Grand Wailea
Hula Grill Ka’anapali
Three’s Bar & Grill
Ko, at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
Japengo, at The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
The Mill House Restaurant
Ka’ana Kitchen at Andaz Maui
The Plantation House

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