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Taste Of The Hawaiian Range Expands

New Event Led By ACF Chefs Examines Beef


From: Fern Gavelek Communications, 808-329-0833
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Contact: Jeri Moniz

KOHALA COAST-The 14th Mealani A Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival offers a full lineup of onolicious fun and learning opportunities on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. True to its roots, Mealani A Taste of the Hawaiian Range continues to showcase Hawai'i's agricultural industry by offering two, informative trade-related activities before the evening Taste extravaganza. 

New this year is a free seminar, "It's All About Taste," presented by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association. The noon activity delves into the different kinds of locally raised beef, plus explores meat and island-grown fruit pairings. Open to restaurant personnel, culinary students, retail buyers and the media, attendees can learn about Hawai'i's different kinds of locally raised beef: grass-fed, organic, grain-fed, bunker-fed, red veal, etc.

During "It's All About Taste," ACF Kona Kohala Chefs President William Trask leads participants through an informed, side-by-side tasting of some of Hawai'i's finest food products. "Find out more by meeting the farmers and ranchers, as well as learning simple, effective ways to highlight the best qualities of our local products," adds Chef Trask, of Hawaiian Culinary Consultants.

Ken Love, president of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association, says seminar participants will also be able to taste a variety of local and exotic fruits-such as longon and rambutan-and learn their culinary uses. To register for "It's All About Taste," contact Michelle Galimba at 808-430-4927 or

Following "It's All About Taste" is the 1-3 p.m. Agriculture Festival, a Trade Show that debuted last year to hook up food producers with isle chefs, retail buyers and media.

Mealani A Taste of the Hawaiian Range opens to the public with a 4 p.m. cooking demonstration. Chefs Jackie Lau and Ronnie Nasuti of Roy's Restaurants-Hawaii present "How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef 101." Tickets are $10 for the hour-long cooking demo.  For info on the expo, and to register for the cooking demonstration, contact University of Hawai'i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Agronomist Susan Miyasaka at 808-981-5199 ext. 201 or

Over 30 of the state's premier chefs are set to dazzle diners during the Taste "grazing" extravaganza. Open to the public 6-8 p.m., Taste features heavy sampling of delectable dishes using local grass-fed beef, pork, wild boar, mutton, goat and lamb-plus a bounty of fresh, island-grown fruit and veggies. In addition, attendees can meet Hawai'i's food producers at gaily-decorated vendor booths and talk story with the farmers and ranchers who make a living growing our food. Tickets are $40 presale and $80 at the door.

Tickets for Taste and the cooking demonstration can be purchased islandwide at UH CTAHR locations: Komohana Ag Complex in Hilo, 808-981-5199; the Kamuela Extension Office in Waimea, 808-887-6183 and the Kona Extension Office in Kainaliu, 808-322-4892.  Tickets are also on sale at Parker Ranch Store and Kamuela Liquors in Waimea, Kuhio Grille in Hilo, JJ's Country Market in Honokaa, The Pahala Plantation Store in Ka'u, The Kona Wine Market in Kailua-Kona and the Hilton Waikoloa Village Kohala Essence Shop.

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, Big Island Farm Bureau, 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, the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association 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