Pride in Hawai‘i Island Agriculture
“We’re changing up the Taste to share info with families about our local agriculture,” says event co-chair and rancher Jeri Moniz. “We will still have our popular, evening food tasting event to showcase pasture-raised meats, but will also offer earlier activities geared for the general public, including keiki.”
For 20 years Taste of the Hawaiian Range offered a daytime workshop for students and the food industry, an afternoon Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101 class for the public and the event gala. Taste is introducing a new, daytime and outdoor Agriculture Festival that will precede the ticketed Evening Gala. There will also be workshops all day in the classrooms adjacent to the Old Kahilu Town Hall, known today as Mana Christian ‘Ohana.
“In the past, Taste was geared to inform chefs and attendees on the benefits of using grass-fed beef, while encouraging ranchers to produce it,” explains Dr. Russell Nagata, co-chair and retired CTAHR Hawai‘i County administrator. “Our committee met for several months to come up with a new event emphasizing agriculture in a more broad and comprehensive way. We want to share how our local ranchers and farmers take pride in producing our high-quality food.”
Mana Christian ‘Ohana is located behind Parker Ranch Center at 67-1182 Lindsey Road. Stay connected via Facebook at TasteoftheHawaiianRange and at @TasteHI on Twitter and Instagram.
Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, plus encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The quality and growth of this event are rooted in business participation, sponsorship and in-kind donations. Volunteers and sponsors are welcomed; contact Dr. Russell Nagata.