Maui Ag Festival To Introduce Local Farmers, Growers, Chefs

Maui Ag Festival To Introduce Local Farmers, Growers, Chefs

As talk of sustainability, the varied problems that accompany importing food to Hawai'i, and overall wellness abound, here's an event that is sure to address many of these issues. On Saturday, March 14, 2009, the second annual Maui County Agricultural Festival will take place on the lu'au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (there is no admission fee), you can learn who is doing what, and how, in the local agricultural scene.

Sponsored by the Maui County Farm Bureau, the County of Maui and the Office of Economic Development, this year's "Ag Fest" comes at a pivotal time in the world's search for an answer to perhaps the biggest question posed in 2008: "What is truly sustainable food, and how do we grow it?"

Visitors to the festival will have great opportunity to talk story with local Maui farmers, discover what items are being harvested in Maui County (Maui, Lana'i and Moloka'i), and exactly how it's being done.
It won't be all educational, however. There will be a number of farm animals and games brought from Maui's ranchers, which children will be encouraged to participate in. Also, many of Maui's top culinary masters will be on-hand to share preparations of their favorite items from Mauiā€”all of which you'll be able to taste. Peter Merriman is one example of the calibre chefs who will dish up his award-winning grinds for patrons.

Additionally, there will be a "Center Stage" with agricultural demonstrations, a wellness booth that draws the parallels between fresh produce and good overall health.

For more information, visit www.MauiCountyFarmBureau.org

Visitors to the festival will have great opportunity to talk story with local Maui farmers, discover what items are being harvested in Maui County