Tickets on sale for local food fest
Presale tickets are for sale online and at islandwide locations for the Big Island’s annual mega-agriculture festival, Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range. The price is $40.
Sprawling again inside and out of Hilton Waikoloa Village, the event from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 4 will showcase the isle’s grass-fed beef industry and a bounty of locally produced food. In addition to sampling cuisine by 35 restaurants, meet the folks who are growing our food and browse among agriculture-themed displays.
Admission at the door will be $60 for the 18th annual event.
Tickets can be purchased at 13 Big Isle locations: Blue Kalo, Café Pesto, Hilo Bay Café and Kuhio Grille in Hilo; JJ’s Country Market in Honokaa; Island Naturals and Kona Wine Market in Kailua-Kona, Gio’s Gelato in Kainaliu; Parker Ranch Store and Kamuela Liquors in Waimea; Kohala Burger and Taco in Kawaihae and Kohala Essence Shop at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
“Also available are $10 tickets for the fun Cooking Grass Fed Beef 101 class by Chef Hubert Des Marais of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii,” says Talaite Petrowki, ticket chairperson. “Get them at Kuhio Grill, JJ’s Country Market and Kohala Essence Shop.” The demo, which includes sampling, is at 3 p.m.
Online ticket links for both Taste and Cooking 101 can be found at www.Taste oftheHawaiianRange.com.
Several new Taste chefs will join more than 30 others who concoct dishes using grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar — plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey and spices. Culinary adventurers can enjoy all the cuts of grass-fed beef — everything from tongue to tail — prepared expertly by chefs. Enjoy familiar cuts like sirloin tip and ribs, plus beef cheek and rocky mountain oysters, or bull testicles.
New statewide chefs include Korie Nazara of Mahina Café, Ronnie Nasuti of Tiki’s Grill & Bar and Chef Mark Noguchi of Pili Hawaii. A full list of participating restaurants can be found on the website previously listed.
For general event information, phone (808) 969-8228.
Local food producers and ag organizations wishing to participate with a booth should contact Deanna Young at 808-747-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 18.
Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter at #TasteHI.