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Tickets on sale for ag festival’s Grand Taste Education

By Staff | Feb 3, 2011

Chef Ryan Luckey of Pineapple Grill (left) visits Mike McCoy’s farm in Kula. Since opening in 2005, Pineapple Grill has embraced local agriculture, and Luckey works with farmers around Maui. Photo courtesy of Steve Brinkman Photography.

WAILUKU — Maui’s famed regional cuisine is based on locally grown produce.

Meet this year’s featured farmers and ranchers, as well as Maui’s top locavore chefs creating menus that matter, at the Grand Taste Education during the annual Maui County Agricultural Festival on Saturday, April 2.

The Grand Taste Education allows attendees an opportunity to enjoy tastings served at 12 featured farmer and rancher stations and to talk story with the farmers, ranchers and chefs.

Attendees may also check out presentations centered around growing and preparing locally sourced fruits, vegetables and proteins at the Taste Education stage.

The Grand Taste Education will be presented in two sessions: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 pm to 3:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are available through March 30 at www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org/merchandise_tickets.shtml.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. After March 30, tickets will cost $30 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under.

The ticket allows attendees one tasting from each of the 12 stations. Attendees may enjoy presentations at the Taste Education stage throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Grand Taste Education is presented in partnership with Slow Food Maui.

Slow Food Maui members will be on hand to provide information and assist attendees, farmers, ranchers and chefs.

The Maui County Agricultural Festival is held annually on the first Saturday in April. The annual event celebrates agriculture’s vital role in the economy, environment and lifestyle of Maui.

Held on the luau grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu and in its fourth year, the prime event to raise awareness about local agriculture on Maui invites the public to talk story with the people who grow our food and their industry allies, to discover what agriculture means to our communities and ‘aina, to taste fresh flavors and have fun.

Hosted by the Maui County Farm Bureau in partnership with the county Office of Economic Development and supported by generous sponsors, the festival provides the one-stop experience of the wondrous impact of agriculture in day-to-day life.

For more information, or to become a vendor or sponsor, visit www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org or call 243-2290.