2012 Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival
Officially proclaimed by Hawai'i County as Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range Day, Sept. 21st offered perfect "grazing" weather for over 1,700 hungry attendees at the 17th annual agriculture festival that sprawled both inside and out of the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
2012 Event Highlights:
- 34 Culinary Stations
- 24 Ag/Product Booths
- 15 Educational Displays
- 98 Hawai'i Community College culinary students and instructors
- Grass-fed Beef Cooking 101 demo recipes:
A handy Graze Your Way at Taste map guided attendees through the event. Info collected from booths could be conveniently stowed in canvas Taste bags.
Students from Kanu O Ka 'Aina School helped the County of Hawai'i's Zero Waste division collect and recycle a whopping 2,249 lbs of trash. See the graph for the amount of paper, plastics, Hi-5, food and mixed trash. The sprawling Kamuela Grown produce display was donated to the Food Basket, Hawai'i Island's Food Bank.
Mahalo to those who helped make Taste a success! With a mission to provide a venue for sustainable agricultural education and support of locally produced ag products, Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range is rooted in small business participation, sponsorship and in-kind donations. Find details on the Mealani Research Station-where Taste began-plus where to get grass-fed beef on the Big Isle AND recipes, at www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com. Save the date for next year: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. See you there!
2013 Taste of the Hawaiian Range