Coffee Coffee Everywhere! Get Jolted in Lavaland

Festival Melds Culture, History, Agriculture and Tradition

Coffee Coffee Everywhere! Get Jolted in Lavaland

This November the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival picks up momentum and heads full swing in to a caffeinated jamboree fueled by all things coffee related. Aside from the obvious – a coffee cupping competition that crowns a "Kona Best" blue ribbon to the tastiest cup 'o java – the event also features a variety of art and crafts demonstrations, displays and showings, as well as a handful of culinary events, wine tastings, and a bevy of Hawaii Island cultural offerings that ranges from lei making to hula and ukulele lessons.

All the action takes place in Keauhou Bay, at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort, with the pinnacle days being November 7 - 9, 2007.

Perhaps the most exciting event is the Kona Coffee Culinary Invitational, which spotlights the top Hawaii Island chefs, who will prepare their favorite coffee-themed dishes (all made with 100% Kona beans) and serve to attendees. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach. (Tickets are $45 in advance; call (808) 324-2554.)

The Kona Cupping Contest – a fascinating experience to observe – highlights the talent of the Gevalia-sponsored coffee experts who sniff, snort, swirl and taste dozens of coffee entries. Qualifying beans have to have been grown in the Kona coffee belt, and the event is free for spectators. Ideal times to view the tasting/judging are Nov. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. During the same hours, patrons should make a point of visiting the Gevalia Coffee Art Exhibit, which showcases all the work that goes in to each coffee label. The event coordinators award top designers at the conclusion of the weekend.

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