The Maui Brewers Festival is celebrating its fourth year. If you’ve attended before, then you already know what a blast it is raising money for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) while sampling from two dozen of the world’s craft beers. The festival doesn’t fall short on food, either: there are plenty of island-style pupus to sup up the suds.
The live entertainment line-up and giveaways all day turn the festival into one of Maui’s best pre-summer parties. Tickets include eight four-ounce samples of micro brews, unlimited snacks and parking. True beer connoisseurs will go for the Happy Hour package that gives you early entry, reserved parking, beer fest gifts and more. A designated driver package includes soft drinks and food for the responsible party. In the past there have been shuttles from Kihei and Lahaina, but no word on those plans yet.
The festivities happen from 3-7pm on Saturday, May 19 at the MACC’s Yokouchi Pavilion.
Ticket info: General Admission–$45/advance, $55/event day; Happy Hour Package–$75/advance, $85/event day; Designated Driver–$25 for food and soft drinks only.
For tickets, call the MACC Box Office at 808-242-7469 or visit MauiArts.org.
You can also check them out on Twitter at twitter.com/#!/MauiBrewFest
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Chef Beverly Gannon is offering a nod to Hawaii’s ocean environment in her new program called “Gannon’s Gives Back” at Gannon’s: A Pacific View Restaurant. Anytime a patron turns in an eco-adventure cruise ticket while dining at the restaurant for lunch or dinner, the restaurant donates $5 to Pacific Whale Foundation.
Gannon believes that this partnership “just makes good sense because we all depend on and want to protect one of the most valuable resources we have in Hawaii.” Visit gannonsrestaurant.com or call 808-875-8080 for more information, menus and hours.
One of the founding members of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement that blends Hawaii’s diverse ethnic flavors using the freshest island ingredients, Gannon has helped make responsible stewardship of resources from both land and ocean vital to sustain our fragile environment while still allowing everyone to enjoy Hawaii’s bounty. Gannon’s features a modern interpretation of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine served with stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Gannon’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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IHOP’s free flapjack day is no joke. They’ve been raising millions on National Pancake Day for kids. On Feb. 28, from 7am to 10pm, Miss America Laura Kaeppeler will put on an IHOP apron in hopes of raising more than $2.7 million for children’s hospitals. On that day, guests at all IHOPs nationwide will get free pancakes, as well as a request that they contribute to a local children’s charity or the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in return.
To spread the word, several Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ celebrity supporters have joined forces to wake up fans and encourage them to seek out free pancakes on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Hotcake enthusiasts can register to receive a wake up call on National Pancake Day from Kaeppeler, NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals co-founders John Schneider and Marie Osmond, singers David Archuleta and GRAMMY-nominated Jordin Sparks, Twilight star Boo Boo Stewart and Disney XD star Brendan Meyer. Wake up calls can be requested at IHOPPancakeDay.com through Friday, Feb. 24.
In other IHOP news, the restaurant recently launched a new menu item: Hash Brown Stacks. The stack is basically a layered dish with their crispy fried hash brown on the bottom and various stacked toppings. Spinach and mushroom, ham and Swiss, bacon and cheddar; you get the picture.
The stacks vary from 570 to 730 calories and run $6.99 to $7.99 here on Maui. When I asked where they sourced their potatoes and veggies IHOP said those were trade secrets for them, but full nutritional info is available at at ihop.com/docs/nutritionalinformation.pdf.