Each year it’s bigger and better then the last, the Maui County Agricultural Festival, held last Saturday (April 1st) at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, did not disappoint. Hosted by the Maui County Farm Bureau, in partnership with the state Office of Economic Development, #MauiAg gleefully celebrated its 10th anniversary. The annual event is aimed at bringing together all elements of the local agriculture industry including: local farmers, live music, educational booths, chef battles, lei making, coffee roasting and an abundance of locally sourced, grown and harvested produce/treats available to all. There are endless amounts of food, fresh flowers, produce, seasonal and specialty items at great prices.
Here’s a look at some of the unique offerings:
Earlier in the day the event hosted a “Maui Legacy Pancake Breakfast” honoring Maui farmers: Peter Baldwin, Piiholo Ranch, Richard “Dick” Cameron, HC&S, Doug MacCluer, Maui Pineapple Company and Maui Gold Pineapple Company, and Golden Glow Manoes’ Dr. Wilbert Yee.
Around noon, a Live Chef Challenge (organized by Edible Hawaiian Islands) cooking competition partnered local chefs on 4 teams. Each were challenged to create an entirely local dish using Maui Ag ingredients and another showcasing a local protein.
Take a look at the dishes and find out who won here:
I was extremely honored to serve as a judge for both the Live Chef Challenge and the Grand Taste. The flavors, sounds, sights and entire experience at Maui Ag Fest is a memorable and grand one! I hope to see you there next year! (For additional videos visit our Instagram @MauiWatch808).
Olena is Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle at MAUIWatch. The founder of Olena Heu Communications, a social media, digital
marketing, consulting and freelance writing company, Olena holds a BA
and MA in Communication and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University.
An adjunct professor, lecturer and motivational speaker Olena is also an award winning journalist, writer, photographer and avid traveler.