Taste Education, Maui County’s 3rd Annual Agricultural Festival, is to be celebrated Saturday, April 3rd at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. Eating healthy, delicious food fills you up in a way coca cola’s and three musketeers bars can not. I know its hard to believe, but if you give healthy eating an honest chance, it won’t be long before you don’t even give McDonalds a second glance and head straight home to that spinach-tomato wrap. Taste Education and Slow Food Maui will give six demonstrations designed to make your mouth water for these healthy goodies. The stars of the show are Mark Ellman, Mala’s Ocean Tavern, Moloka’i Sweet Potato, Ryan Luckey, Pineapple Grill, Justin Pardo, Market Fresh Bistro, Kupa’a Farm, Bobby Santos, Maui Culinary Academy, The Neighborhood Farm, David Paul, Oluwalu Tomato Farm, Peter Merriman, and Alex Franco of Maui Cattle Company.
Taste Education will showcase food booths and a farmers Market, as well as Keiki Zone by MauiThing and a Wellness Tent where everyone can learn about healthy eating, composting, and agriculture. Take a Hawaiian Language lesson from KPOA Radio Morning Mana’o Hos Luana Kawa’a, while being entertained by Maui’s Morning Goddess Alaka’i Paleka and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner Weldon Kekauoha.
But Wait… That’s not all. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for Keiki at 12 (under 5 years) and at 12:45 PM (6-10 years old). Kids can also learn to plant gardens, make reusable bag art, participate in various games and (for an extra fee) horseback rides operated by Thompson Ranch and Maui Tropical Plantation Tram Tour.
The festival opens at 9 am and goes on until 4 pm. Admission and Parking are free.
Tickets for Taste Education can be bought HERE. In advance – $25 for adults, $10 for keiki. At the festival – $30 for adults, $15 for keiki.
Participating chefs/restaurants in Taste Education include: Mark Ellman of Mala’s Ocean Tavern Lahaina, Corey Waite of Mala Wailea, Ryan Urig of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Joey Macadangdang of Royʻs Kahana, Scott McGill of Hula Grill in Kāʻanapali, Todd Carlos of Dukeʻs Beach House Maui, Jennifer Nguyen of A Saigon Cafe, Jennah Haugaard of Flatbread Company, Ryan Luckey of Pineapple Grill at Kapalua Resort, Neil Murphy of Merrimanʻs Kapalua, Justin Pardo of Market Fresh Bistro, Ben Marquez of Maui Culinary Academy, David Paul of David Paul’s Island Grill, Ivan Pahk of Sansei Restaurant & Seafood Bar Kapalua & Kihei and Chef Tyler Conarroe of Whole Foods Market.
The farmer/rancher and chef presentation schedule is: