Ag Fest Photos & Contest ResultsApril 7, 2012, 9:34 PM HST · Updated April 10, 11:37 AM 0 Comments
By Susan Halas
(Updated April 8: Contest results and video at end with photos)
Those aggies sure know how to throw a party.
The wind blew, the flags flew and the crowds came pouring in. It was bumper to bumper in both directions to get into the 5th Annual Maui County Farm Festival. The event held at the Maui Tropical Plantation on Saturday April 7th covered acres. It sprawled across the grounds in tents, under awnings and in the open air. It was everything the organizers promised and more.
There were farmers, ranchers, flower folks, chefs and volunteers. There were foodies of every description and food made from locally sourced products to tempt them. The air was fragrant with the smell of meat on the grill and Jawaiian tunes from the bandstand floated on the breeze.
The Maui County Farm Bureau in partnership with Slow Food Maui presented “Grand Taste Education.” This edible extravaganza teamed some of the brightest Maui culinary talent with some of Hawaii’s best local products. The result was high style cuisine ‘al fresco’. The lines were long but nobody seemed to mind. After all “slow food” gone local was the theme of the day.
There were pony rides, bunny hats, big bulls and small goats. There were strawberries fresh and made into jam, mangoes, pineapple, taro and sugar cane. Mauians and visitors guzzled coffee and teas, munched on bananas covered in chocolate and rolled in coconut. They ate everything in sight.
There were mounds of fresh produce artfully displayed to entice the discriminating. Perhaps most importantly there was an appreciative audience to gobble it all up and cart it home.
Maui No Ka Oi
Maui own products lived up to their billing: impressive in their profusion, convincing in their display and uniformly delicious.
People went home heavy laden, a little sunburned and dusty, and definitely in a good mood.
The many sponsors, including the County Office of Economic Development, certainly gave the community a day worth remembering.
Results Ag Fest Competitions
A Video Too
Get another view of the festivities from this volunteer video shot by Giel Tolentino, an 8th grader at Maui Waena, for Maui Now. Here’s their link.
If you were there you know it was good. If you missed, it here are some photos that show what made it such a special day.