Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas Seeking Original Recipes

The Breadfruit Cooking Contest at Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas calls for original recipes that feature breadfruit as the main ingredient—a new twist this year also challenges cooks to combine breadfruit and banana into one unique dish.

The ‘Ulu Tart by Chef Ann Sutherland won Best of Show in the 2011 Breadfruit Cooking Contest. Photo Credit: Sonia R. Martinez

Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas will take place on Saturday, September 29th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona. The festival is free and open to the public. In addition to celebrating the cultural and culinary aspects of breadfruit (‘ulu), this year’s festival will also highlight breadfruit’s forest companion—banana (mai‘a).

The public is invited to compete for prizes by entering the Breadfruit Cooking Contest with their own original recipes. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of: Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée (includes Soups or Salads served as a Main Dish), Dessert, Going Bananas (combining breadfruit & bananas in one dish), Youth (ages 12 to 18), Best of Show and Healthiest Choice. Each dish will be judged based on: best use of breadfruit, taste, appearance/presentation, originality and healthy ingredients. The Breadfruit Cooking Contest will be judged by a panel of local chefs and foodies—Edwin Goto owner of the “slow food” restaurant Village Burger; award winning private chef and “Conscious Hawaiian Cuisine” inventor Ōlelo pa‘a Ogawa; freelance food writer and former Honolulu Advertiser food editor Joan Namkoong; Chef Devin Lowder of Makali‘i Catering; food writer and cookbook author Sonia R. Martinez; and “Auntie Aloha”  Peneku Kihoi.

Winners of the two top prizes Best of Show and Healthiest Choice will each receive a $300 cash prize donated by Kamehameha Investment Corporation.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the categories of Appetizer, Main Dish/Entrée, Dessert and Going Bananas will receive prizes donated by Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, Kamehameha Beach Hotel, Fair Winds Cruises, Roy’s, Huggo’s, Kona Brewing Company, Hawai‘i Volcano Sea Salt, Volcano Island Honey Company, Sunshine Nursery, Big Island Brewhaus, Greenwell Farms, Mauna Kea Tea, Coffee Shack, Big Island Bees, Ocean Sports, Kona Coffeehouse & Café and the Keauhou Shopping Center. Winners in the newly added Youth category are competing for a Body Glove Cruise for two and $125 in movie tickets.

The winners of the Breadfruit Cooking Contest will be announced at the festival at 12:00 pm by celebrity chef Sam Choy, who will be demonstrating some of his favorite ways to cook with ‘ulu from 10 am – 12 pm.  Other experts will demonstrate how to cook with breadfruit and banana and Chef Betty Saiki and the West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program will serve a locally sourced buffet luncheon featuring breadfruit.

Pre-registration for the Breadfruit Cooking Contest is encouraged, but not required. Rules, Instructions and Entry Forms can be found at

Breadfruit Festival Goes Bananas is presented by Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. The festival is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Doc Buyers Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Ho‘oulu Lāhui, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program, Ke Ola Magazine, and Big Island Resource Conservation and Development.


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