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Food Producers, Ag Educators Invited To Mealani's Taste Of The Hawaiian Range

July 2013

FROM: Fern Gavelek Communications, 808-329-0833
MEDIA CONTACT: Jeri Moniz, event chairperson,

HAWAI'I ISLAND-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.

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.
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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.
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