Coffee, Cows and Crafts, Oh My! Farm Fair This Weekend on O`ahu

Coffee, Cows and Crafts, Oh My! Farm Fair This Weekend on O`ahu

Git out yer cowboy boots and lo'i waders: This Saturday and Sunday marks the 37th annual Hawaii State Farm Fair, held at the Bishop Museum, on O'ahu. If you've never been, you're in for a treat. First and foremost, there will be no shortage of edibles to sample; from Ka'u coffee and Ho Farms tomatoes, to Naked Cow Dairy's flavored butters and abalone harvested on the Big Island of Hawai`i. If you fall in to the "foodie", "environmentalist", "sustainability concerned" or general "good time seeker" categories, then we expect to see you at the Bishop this weekend.

With admission a breezy $5 per adult ($3 for children 4-12), overflow parking and shuttles, there really isn't any excuse to miss this event. Plus, entrance fee includes visits to the new summer exhibit at the Bishop, "Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects", as well as others (we heard a rumor about six gigantic, robotic bugs that will be in attendance). There will be food producers, growers and sellers; crafts booths; live music entertainment and demonstrations throughout both days.

While you're sampling Andouille-style sausage from the North Shore Cattle Company, garlic shrimp and Kahuku corn, your keiki can troll for goldfish using traditional Japanese (go Emperor!) paper nets or pose with Lani Moo (a dairy cow). There will be demonstrations of photovoltaic cells by Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), who is a co-sponsor of the event (along with the Hawaii Farm Bureau). Boy Scouts will demonstrate their latest cooking technology, while nationally recognized Kailiawa Ka'u coffee serves up some award-winning brew to those in need of a fix. And of course, what farm fair would be complete without 4-H Club's livestock parade. Don't miss the baby chick hatchery powered by PV-cell technology!

If you are unsure whether this will be a major event, get this: Both the Kapiolani Community College Farmers' Market and the Mililani Farmers' Market will be closed this weekend so vendors who regularly participate at both venues can show their wares at the Fair.  (This is also the perfect time for those who can't make it to the weekly outdoor markets early in the morning to see what they're all about.) Jack Johnson's Kokua Foundation will also be on-site for home-agriculture demonstrations and activities for kids.

The Hawaii Farm Fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Jack Johnson's Kokua Foundation will also be on-site for home-agriculture demonstrations and activities for kids.