You probably know that this Saturday’s Made in Maui County Festival will have lots of shopping from Maui’s finest artisans spread out all over the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, but did you know they will have a food truck party, too?
The inaugural Made in Maui County Festival is a big deal. The county took a hint from the hugely successful Made in Hawaii Festival held annually in August at the Blaisdell in Honolulu. It’s attended by 35,000 people and has featured many Maui vendors who fly over to participate and sell their goods. The version here is co-presented by the County of Maui, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce. Originally, the organizers set their sights on about a hundred participants, but more than 150 applications from local businesses–all willing to shell out $150 to $335 for exhibition space–pushed the number up to 130.
There will be vendors all over the property. Participants had to have their business based in Maui County, but also their products had to adhere to the state law for the use of “Made in Hawaii” monikers, which means at least 51 percent of their value was added in Hawaii. Organizers also considered creativity, product mix and quality.
The event will have a lineup of speakers and demonstrators on the MainStage that has me salivating. The entire morning lineup consists of food demonstrations like making a Pohole Salad with Hana herbs and flowers, MauiGrown Coffee, Life Foods Italian food, Okonomiyaki with Chef Kyle Kawakami of Maui Fresh Streatery and almond milk chai by Joy’s Place. Maui’s fashion gets highlighted in a fashion show and there will be a demonstration on making your own tees. Maui Homeopathy will have a presentation and local authors Jill Engledow, Tom Peek and Wayne Moniz will do book signing and readings. Last up, mixologist Gave Harvey will show off the locally inspired Mill Camp Mojito.
Then there’s the hip food truck lineup. They start at 8 am and go till 5pm (just like everyone else) and the flavors will run from sweet to savory. I will have no problem forking out the $3 entry fee to eat there all day.
There’s Dibs on da Ribs. Their rib plate and ginger garlic chicken come with banana cornbread, salad and rice, and they serve a kalua pig and pork sausage fried rice. Donut Dynamite has five fully loaded brioch donut flavors, and fry-to-order mini donuts. Like Poke always sells our of their fresh poke (ono, ahi and salmon). But they also have fried poke, katsu, kalua pig and shooters.
I’ve also been waiting to try Milagros’ food truck menu–they will have black bean nachos, carne asada quesadilla, guacamole, salsa and chips, crab cake sandwiches and fresh fish done their way. Three’s Bar and Grill food truck will have their ono licious and irritable Hurricane Fries, but also a mac nut chicken with papaya salsa, hamburger steak, bacon-wrapped dog with chutney and kim chee and Caesar. Sumo Dogs Maui combines fruit flavors like guava, mango and lilikoi to make Maui’s most unique hot dog combinations in their amazing buns. They will also bring the shave ice.
The festival takes place this Saturday. They expect close to 8,000 attendees. For more information, visit MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com. The social media savvy can follow or post to #MIMCF2014 on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Public admission is $3, children 12 and under are free.
Image of Maui Fresh Streatery Courtesy of Sean Hower
Food Truck Menus
Dibs on Da Ribs
- BBQ Pork Ribs w/ salad, banana, cornbread & rice
- BBQ Ginger-Garlic Chicken w/ salad, banana, cornbread & rice
- Combo plate: both BBQ pork ribs and Ginger-Garlic Chicken w/ salad, banana, cornbread & rice
- Banana cornbread side
- Fried rice bowl – Pork sausage, kalua pig, onions, bell peppers, cabbage, and egg
- Super Fresh, fry-to-order mini donuts
- Bacon Maple Brioche Donuts
- Maui Vanilla Bean Brioche Donuts
- Brown Butter Brioche Donuts
- Oh! Reo Cookie Chocolate Brioche Donuts
- Samoa Kine Coconut Brioche Donuts
- Fresh fish (ono, ahi, salmon as available) poke
- Fried poke
- Shoyu Chicken
- Kalua Pig
- Poke Shooter
Maui Fresh Streatery
- Fresh Hawaiian Isle Spicy Ahi Poke Bowl, Kula Cucumber, Tenkatsu, Unagi Glaze, Kizami Nori
- Kansai Style Okonomiyaki (Japanese Street Pancake), Kula Cabbage, Pork, Shrimp, Kewpie Mayo, Okonomiyaki Sauce, Katsuoboshi, Beni Shoga, Kizami Nori
- Maui Cattle Co. Braised Beef Poutine, Crispy Crinkle Cut Fries, Braised Beef, Shredded Cheese, Housemade Gravy
- Japanese Style “Rare” Strawberry Cheesecake
- Japanese Style “Rare” Salted Caramel Cheesecake
- Fire Grilled Black Bean Nachos
- Carne Asada Quesadilla w/ Carmelized Onions
- Shredded Pork Burrito
- Shredded Chicken Burrito
- Beef Chili Bowl over Spanish Rice
- Chips w/ Salsa
- Chips w/ Guacamole
- Crab Cake Sammy
- Fresh Fish Special
Sumo Dogs Maui
- Upcountry Guava Sumo Dog
- Maui’s Favorite Sumo Dog! Made from Freshly Grown Guava’s from the slopes of Haleakala
- Spicy Maui Onion Sumo Dog made with Kula grown Maui onions & Hawaiian chili peppers
- Maui Mango Sumo Dog served with real mango chunks
- Liliko`i Tropix dog made with fresh island-picked liliko’i, aka “passion fruit”
- Hawaiian Shave Ice with a variety of local favorite flavors such as li-hing mui, mango, pineapple, blue vanilla, strawberry – also with additional topping such as Haupia (coconut) snowcap, sweet cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Three’s Bar & Grill
- Macadamia nut chicken plate, rice, mac salad, papaya salsa
- Three’s hamburger steak, rice, mac salad
- Hurricane French fries tossed w/ furikake, arare, and a siracha aioli
- Bacon-wrapped hotdog, spiced pineapple chutney, local style mayo mustard, kimchee
- Caesar salad
Stage Schedule: Made in Maui County Festival
Saturday, November 8th
Opening / Blessing
Oli by Kamaunu Kahaiali‘i
8:30 am – 8:45 am
How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee
A coffee demonstration by MauiGrown Coffee
9:00 – 9:15 am
Do You Know Your Pohole?
A pohole (Maui Fern Shoots) salad demonstration by Hana Herbs and Flowers
9:30 am – 9:45 am
Cooking Healthy with Life Foods
Tempeh and Greens Stir-fry & Bolognese Pasta Sauce with Spicy Italian Crumbles demonstrations by Life Foods
10:00 – 10:15 am
What Makes a “Sumo Dog”?
A food preparation demonstration by Sumo Dogs
10:30 – 10:45 am
Learn to Make Okonomiyaki
A Kansai Style Japanese Street Pancake demonstration by Maui Fresh Streatery
11:30 am – 12:30
Presented by: Color Your Own, Fresh Local Product, Hawaiian Carvings, Island Inspired Creativity, j.Painter, Kalapaki Girl Dezigns, Lauhala Ladies, Mad Hatter of Maui, Na Mea Moloka‘i, Native Armor, Sarai Stricklin, Seyana Jewelry, Te Hotu Mana Creations, Yasha Jewels
12:45 – 1:00 pm
Cool off with LIVE! Almond Milk Chai
A cold almond milk chai demonstration by joy’s place LIVE!
1:15 – 1:30 pm
Listen to Daughters of Fire and
Haleakala: A History of the Maui Mountain
Book readings and signings by authors Tom Peek and Jill Engledow by Koa Books
1:45 – 2:00 pm
Color Your Own Maui T-Shirts
A product demonstration by Color Your Own
2:15 – 2:30 pm
Learn about the Benefits of Vog Off! and Smoke Off!
A product demonstration by Maui Homeopathy, LLC
2:45 – 3:00 pm
Pukoko: A Hawaiian in the American Civil War
A book reading by author and playwright Wayne Moniz by Punawai Press
3:15 – 3:30 pm
Mix and Match the National Award Winning “Mill Camp Mojito”
A beverage demonstration by Hawaii Sea Spirits and Maui Brand Sugar created by
award-winning mixologist Gabriel Harvey from Ferraro’s at the Four Seasons Resort Maui presented by HC&S
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On Veteran’s Day (Nov 11), Hospice Maui invites you to dine at one of the 35 restaurants spread across the island that are participating in their fifth annual Dine Out event. The restaurants, some new and some participating for the entire run, will donate a portion of their proceeds from sales that day to Hospice Maui. Celebrating on Veteran’s Day isn’t just a coincidence, either.
“You might not know that November is National Hospice Month and Hospice Maui’s 33rd anniversary serving Maui,” says Kimber Carhart, Development Director at Hospice. “Our event happens to also fall on Veterans Day and it may interest you to know that, since 1981, Hospice Maui has provided compassionate hospice care to 436 war veterans and support for their families. We currently serve 60 patients each day in their homes and provide support and counseling for their caregivers and family members.”
Photo Courtesy of Sean Hower
List of Participating Restaurants by Town
Aloha Mixed Plate
Cane & Canoe
Honu Seafood & Pizza
Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop
Mala An Ocean Tavern
Maui Brewing Co.
Sangrita Grill + Cantina
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
Central Maui & Paia
Da Kitchen Café
McDonald’s of Dairy Rd.
McDonald’s of Kahului
Casanova Italian Restaurant
Colleen’s at the Cannery
Hana Hou Café
Kula Lodge & Restaurant
Market Fresh Bistro
Polli’s Mexican Rest.
Makawao Steak House
5 Palms Restaurant
‘ami ‘ami Bar & Grill
Coconuts Fish Café
Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman
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It’s also our favorite time of year to indulge in Wailea. This Sunday through Saturday, Restaurant Week means it’s time to sample Wailea for seven days straight. The event started in May 2009 with 13 posh eateries, and now it has filled out to 21 participants. The folks at Wailea Resort Association do all the planning for this event, which has become very popular in its seven years of life.
“I try as many as I can!” says Kathleen Costello, communications director for Wailea Resort Association.” We invite all of our Wailea Resort restaurants to participate, they must agree to offer their three course pre-fix menus for the entire week, all night, and agree to contribute $1 for each entrée sold to the Maui Food Bank. It’s a Win-Win-Win for residents, visitors and the restaurants!”
Costello also offers this tip for choosing 7 nights and 21 restaurants: check the wine pairings. Several of the restaurants offer pairings for an add-on. The event has become a destination time for visitors to come try the Wailea food landscape so check on reservations, too. For more info, go to Wailearesortassociation.com.
Photo Courtesy of Sean Hower
Full menu offerings here: FINAL Nov 2014 RWW Menu
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Speaking of drinking wine in Wailea, tickets are on sale for the Hui No’eau’s annual Wailea Food and Wine Celebration held at Hotel Wailea next Friday. Schmooze over wine and art with some of Maui’s best chefs, who will present tasting plates for pairing. This fundraiser supports the Hui’s community arts education and shows like their delicious Mixed Plate, currently hanging for its last week at the Visual Arts Center.
The themed exhibition celebrates island life with a truly diverse collection of 52 different works from 48 artists, chosen by juror Michael Takemoto, a Baldwin High School grad and Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The idea was born last year when Hui staff met with Maui archeologist Dr. Janet Six and discussions led to slippahs, red hot dogs and other cultural idiosyncrasies. The artists were asked to visually explore our island’s unique cultural influences in food, humor, environment and traditions, through mixed media pieces in this fine art hanging. For more info, visit Huinoeau.com or call 808-572-6560.