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10 Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival, April 1

Posted March 13, 2017, 10:24 AM HST


The “10 annual Maui County Agricultural Festival”, Maui’s prime event to raise awareness about Maui ag while invigorating the island industry, will take place on April 1, 2017.

The entire industry, its allies, and supporters come together on the lü‘au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū 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 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. to 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 Māʻalaea side parking lot to main entrance to AgFest.

Families won’t want to miss this year’s “Maui Legacy Pancake Breakfast” from 8 to 10:30 a.m.  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, Piʻiholo Ranch; Richard “Dick” Cameron, HC&S; Doug MacCluer, Maui Pineapple Company and Maui Gold Pineapple Co., and the late 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 entertainment stage featuring music and magic show, bouncers, farm games, livestock exhibit, pony and horse rides and family-friendly food. Expanding on activities for the whole family, check out the “Kids/Teens Cook With Heart” culinary classes from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Presented by chefs Paris Nabavi, Craig Erickson, Elizabeth (Betty) McDonald, Jojo Vasquez, Kaipo Nagata, Lyndon Honda, Riko Bartolome, Rob Mason, and Ryan Luckey kids are encourage to take culinary classes centered around three crops – avocado, tomatoes, bananas.

The program, which is offered in Lahaina-area elementary, middle and high schools through a generous grant to the AHA by the Saunders Family, is designed to teach students the basic skills required to prepare their own meals at home, as well as the information they need to make healthier choices.

More hands on activities found in flower tent. The general public is invited to make fresh flower lei, ipu, and nose flutes along with representatives from Nā Kani O Hula.

The 2017 AgFest sponsors include venue sponsor Maui Tropical Plantation, Alexander & Baldwin Inc. (Maui Legacy Farmers Pancake Breakfast), Ulupono Initiative (Grand Taste), Grown on Maui Farmers Market (Monsanto Hawai’i), Dow Agrosciences, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, Matson, Maui Electric Company, Queen Kaʻahumanu Shopping Center, Pacific Media Group, College of Tropical Ag & Human Resources.

Festival highlights:


Grown on Maui: Farmers 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. Grown on Maui Farmers Market tent sponsored by Monsanto Hawai’i.

Food Booths: Humble crops transform into satisfying meals when carefully prepared. Sample the best of all natural Maui ground beef hamburgers and fries, chow fun and smoked meat plates, Fork to Salad, Roselani Ice Cream, Shaka Pops and chef-prepared food by Three’s Bar & Grill and Maui Fresh Streatery food trucks.

Barnyard Games: 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 throughout the day.

Education/Info: Ask the Farm 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. Other topics planned include:

Bugs up Close—The Good, Bad and the Ugly
Landscaping Kaʻahumanu/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

Center Stage: Taiko Drummers, Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus –Ensemble, Honoka’a Jazz Band, Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimentel, Napua Nakasone Greig and Hālau Nālei Kaumaka O Uka, Kaina Country Band on stage from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Grand Taste: Sponsored by the Ulupono Initiative, 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 to 4:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online at www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org In advance $30 at the event $40. Featured chefs include: Jeff Scheer, The Mill House Restaurant at Maui Tropical Plantation; Anton Haines, Merriman’s Kapalua; Alvin Savella, The Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; David Diviano, Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua; Jesse Pita, Pulehu at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas; Charlie Owen, Hula Grill Kāʻanapali; Chris Leaderer, Black Rock Kitchen at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa; Gevin Utrillo, Japengo at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; Mike Lofaro of Humuhumunukunukuapua’a at Grand Wailea; Tylun Pang, Ko at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Travis Morrin of Three’s Bar & Grill and Chris Schobel, Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse.

Farm Visits: Live Chefs Challenge Sponsored by Edible Hawaiian Island, the Live Chefs Challenge is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maui Tropical Plantation offers Tram Rides.

Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival.

Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival.

Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival.

Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival.

Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival.

Chef’s Challenge. Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival.


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