Maui Ag Festival
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for the 2011 Maui County Ag Festival. It was a gorgeous Maui day.
After months of preparation by the Maui Farm Bureau and the efforts of Charlene Kauhane the Maui Agricultural Festival took place on Saturday April 2, 2011 at the Maui Tropical Plantation. It was a fabulous success. I wish I could tell you all about every vendor and farmer that participated but this year I personally introduced my new company Maui Country Farm Tours so the entire day was spent talking and giving out my promotional materials to hundreds of people. It was great fun. The hours passed by so quickly. Meanwhile, I know that all the 100 volunteers that Dania Katz of Edible Hawaiian Islands and Slow Food Maui had put together were doing a terrific job at The Taste Education Booth and throughout the festival grounds.
Thank you Lily for coming over to help me by delivering my Banana Bread to the banana bread contest! Another lady had stopped by that Charlene had asked to see if we needed anything and she assisted me in tying ribbons and labels around all my oatmeal cookies for the #BakeSale4Japan hosted by the GossipGourmet . They raised $3,000.00 for Japan. Congratulations!
Roxanne Tiffin of @KulaFields stopped by my booth and so did Liza of @AMauiBlog for a moment but it started to get really crazy with the crowd. Over 5,000 people were expected according to Charlene. The Taste Education booth was swamped at $25.00 per person.
Everyone had lots of enthusiasm for Maui Country Farm Tours and it was wonderful to meet so many people interested in farms on Maui. I had a contest for two tickets on Maui Country Farm Tours. Winner to be announced soon…
As I said, I wish I could show you all the participants, but I was occupied non stop so I’ll share some images of the tents set up the day before and a few of the guests that passed by my booth. It was an awesome day. I’m sure some of the others will post photos of more of the farmers, animals and entertainment. Check out @PeterLiu47 and SlowFoodMaui for photos. Keali`i Reichel performed and Alakai Paleka was the master of ceremonies.
Maui Rents and Sales provided the amazing array of tents for the Ag festival. You’ll have to use your imagination to see these grounds filled with thousands of people. It was amazing and so much fun. Our Mayor, Alan Arakawa was there. I saw former councilwoman Joanne Johnson and met current Lahaina councilwoman Elle Cochran.
Thanks Charlene, you did an awesome job. Can’t wait to see the write-ups and posts about The Chefs doing the Taste Education.