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Food Producers, Buyers Can Hookup At Mealaniís Taste Of The Hawaiian Range

FROM: Fern Gavelek Communications, 808-329-0833
CONTACT: Jeri Moniz , 808-959-2013 or 808-960-8411

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2011

BIG ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I—Local food buyers and producers are needed for the 16th annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

The state’s premiere ag showcase again offers a free trade show for Hawai‘i farmers, ranchers and food producers to hookup with food buyers. Called the Agriculture Festival, this year’s expo coincides with the 6-8 p.m. Taste of the Hawaiian Range.

The Agriculture Festival provides a venue for food producers to present their products to wholesale and retail buyers—including chefs. This year’s new time slot ensures tradeshow participants will gain increased awareness among the attending public. The expo is also open for agricultural and sustainability-themed organizations to present informational displays.

Food buyers and producers interested in participating may contact Ashley De Mattos at 808-756-3464 or ashleydemattos@gmail.com.The signup deadline for producers is August 3 and for buyers the deadline is August 16.

Those interested in having an educational display at the Taste may reach Glenn Sako at 808-969-8252 or gsako@hawaii.edu.

Taste will headline more than 30 statewide chefs who will 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 KTA’s Derek Kurisu of TV’s “Living in Paradise.” Taste tickets are on sale online, http://www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com. Follow Taste of the Hawaiian Range on Facebook or on Twitter, #TasteHI.

Mealani A Taste of the Hawaiian Range 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 and community volunteers. Sponsorship also includes the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii County Research and Development, Big Island Resource Conservation & Development and KTA SuperStores.