Each year, the Maui County Agricultural Festival tops itself as one of the best foodie events in the state. Now in its 9th year, the Festival aims to raise awareness about Maui's agriculture and celebrate its vital role in the local economy. With the recent announcement of Maui's long-running sugarcane industry coming to a close, the landscape of local agriculture is bound to look very different in the years to come.
Maui County Ag Festival 2016
- When: Saturday, April 2nd from 9am to 4pm
- Where:Maui Tropical Plantation
- Basic Entrance Fee: $5 Per Person, or Free for Children 12 and Under
- First 2,000 Guests receive a Grown on Maui Shopping Bag
- Door Prize Giveaways All Day
- Free Parking
- Keiki Entertainment
While the event doesn't officially start until 9am, we recommend arriving early for the first event of the day, the Legacy Farmers Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 9:30am. An $8 adult, $6 senior or $5 keiki (5-12 years old) entrance fee covers the Ag Fest admission fee, and includes bingo and raffles! Also pancakes. Don't forget the pancakes. Tickets are available online through the Maui County Farm Bureau.
Some of the raffle prizes include:
two-night stay ay KBH, Dinner for four Roy’s Value $400, Gift certificates to Star Noodle, Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, and Leilani’s on the Beach.
Other Ag Fest highlights include:
Grown on Maui Farmers' Market & Friends of Agriculture
If you want to learn more about how and who your local produce is grown by, don't miss this special market, happening all day long under the big tent. Farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, and others will be selling their fresh produce onsite, as well as sharing information about their services and dedication to supporting viable agriculture endeavors on The Valley Isle.
Maui Loves Agriculture & Maui's Farm and Ranch Families
Planning on bringing the keiki along? Head to this fun exhibit, which will feature farm games, a 2:30pm scavenger hunt, horseback riding, bouncy castle, live entertainment, livestock exhibit, petting zoo and family-friendly BBQ from Kihei's Fat Daddy's Smokehouse. Pro tip: Enjoy the BBQ after the bouncy-castle.
If food trucks are your culinary 'yes please', you're in luck. Some of Maui's favorite food truck pros and restaurant food booths will be there serving up plenty of ono grinds, including Maui Fresh Streatery, Three's Bar & Grill, Hana Ranch Provisions, Poi by the Pound, Fork and Salad, Fat Daddy's Smokehouse, Roselani, Shaka Pops and more. Delish!
And for the true foodies of the group, you won't want to miss the two main events of the day, both presented by Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine, including:
Live Chefs' Challenge
This free event, which happens from 12:30 to 1:30pm on the Main Stage, includes an amazing show of talent by 12 local Maui chefs. After pairing up into 3 teams of 4, they will work together to create dishes using ingredients from the Whole Foods Maui mystery box. This is by far one of our favorite Ag Fest events, and we love to show up to support our local chefs collaborating in such a fun way!
The final and most anticipated event of the day is the Grand Taste. Held from 3 to 5pm, the event features 12 chefs preparing Grown on Maui proteins, veggies and fruit in unique ways to create special tasting plates for guests. If you're looking for a way to sample dishes from some of the best, most innovative chefs on Maui, this is your chance!
Grand Taste Tickets are available for $32.64 per person (21+ up only, and includes Ag Fest admission fee), and cocktails, beer and wine will be available. After sampling some incredible dishes, you'll be able to vote for your 'Fan Favorite', while media attendees will award a 'Judges' Choice'.
Other notable attractions include a live music performance by Willie K at 1:45pm on the main stage, 'Fruit to Glass' and 'Seed to Cup' samples from Maui Gold Pineapple, Maui Wine and the Maui Coffee Association, lei making, and a 'Kids/Teens Cook with Heart Culinary Class' with Chef Paris Nabavi.
Head on out and support our local agriculture industry, and be sure to tag all your social media posts with #MauiAg!
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