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16th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range Schedule

Next week TODAY, Friday, September 30th, the 16th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range will be taking place at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort.

Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Happy attendees enjoy the oxtail dish prepared by Chef Daniel Thiebaut at last year's Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Here is the schedule for the event:

1:30 PM Pork Industry Seminar – Location: Kohala 1 & 2

Geared for culinary students and food industry professionals.  Pork producer Lloyd Case joins Tom Asano of Hilo’s Kulana Foods and Hilton Waikoloa Village Executive Chef Charles Charbonneau to discuss the traditional cultural protocol and growing commercial use of feral and domestic hog in the Hawai‘i food service industry.

Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Don't miss Cooking Grass-Fed Beef 101 at 3 p.m.; last year's presenter was James Beard Award winner Chef Mavro

3 PM Seminar: “How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef 101” – Location: Kohala 3 & 4

This year’s staged cooking demonstration headlines two presenters. KTA’s Derek Kurisu of TV’s “Living in Paradise” and Chef Scott Hiraishi of Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai present tips for preparing and using forage-fed beef cuts. Open to the public, ticketed attendees receive take-away recipes. Derek, who founded KTA’s locally sourced Mountain Apple Brand, will demonstrate how to prepare Shortribs Delight and bone a chuckroll. Chef Hiraishi will detail how to deliciously use oxtail.

5 PM: Agriculture Festival Trade Show, Pre-Taste for VIPs and Media Blessing of Food and Chefs – Location: Grand Ballroom

Wholesale buyers and media have a pre-Taste opportunity to meet the people growing and producing Hawai‘i’s food. Vendors represent a wide range of products and  agricultural enterprise such as coffee, tea, honey, goat cheese, meat, produce, herbs and specialty items. Also at the expo are representatives of various agriculture-related associations and projects. Vendor and educational booths remain open during 6-8 p.m. Taste, with a blessing at 5:45 p.m.

Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Meet the local people who are growing our food, like Maureen Datta of Adaptations, at gaily decorated display booths.

6-8 PM: Mealani A Taste of the Hawaiian Range -Location: Grand Ballroom and Lagoon Lanai

35 top chefs dazzle ticketed diners during the Taste “grazing” extravaganza. Taste features heavy sampling of delectable dishes using local grass-fed beef, pork, wild boar, mutton, goat and lamb—plus a bounty of fresh, island-grown fruit and veggies. In addition, attendees talk story with Hawai‘i’s food producers at gaily-decorated vendor booths.

Tickets prices for the evening Taste and Cooking 101 demo are conveniently sold online at www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.Taste tickets remain priced at $40 presale and $60 at the door, while the fee for the cooking demo is $10. The above link also lists ticket sale locations.

The Hilton Waikoloa Village offers Taste of the Hawaiian Range Kama‘aina Room and Ticket Packages (code TST) starting at $229 plus tax for one night stay on Sept. 30 and two event tickets. Pre- or post-night accommodations are available starting from $149 per night (code MTH). Visit www.h-wv.com/taste or phone 808-886-1234 and ask for the “Taste of the Hawaiian Room Deal” specials.

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