Food Producers, Agricultural Educators Invited to Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Local food producers are invited to display and sample their product at the 18th annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

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The state’s premiere ag showcase again offers an opportunity for Hawai‘i farmers, ranchers and food producers to hookup with attendees during the 6-8 p.m. Taste.

The Agriculture Festival provides a venue for food producers to present their products to participating chefs and attendees. The event is also open for agricultural and sustainability-themed organizations to present informational displays.

Producers and ag-related educational organizations interested in participating may contact Deanna Young at 808-747-7200 or The signup deadline is August 18.

Taste headlines 36 statewide chefs who dazzle diners using various cuts of forage-fed meats and a cornucopia of island fruits, vegetables and other farm products. Also on tap is a 3 p.m. culinary activity, “Grass Fed Beef Cooking 101,” presented by Hubert Des Marias, executive chef at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.

Ticket info is available at or phone 808-969-8228. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Jeri Moniz at 808-960-8411 no later than Sept. 4. Follow Taste of the Hawaiian Range on Facebook or on Twitter, #TasteHI.

Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The premiere ag-tourism event is a partnership between CTAHR, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Kulana Foods, UH-Hilo CAFNRM, County of Hawaii Dept. on Environmental Management and community volunteers. Sponsorship also includes the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii County Research and Development, Hawaii Community College Food Service & Culinary Program and KTA SuperStores. The quality and growth of this event are rooted in small business participation, sponsorship and in-kind donations. For more information, visit

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