The Maui Tropical Plantation is one of the prettiest little pieces of Maui real estate, and we recommend walking the grounds anytime you’re on island (ducks! monkeys! flowers!) … but if you love food and you’re on Maui Saturday, April 3, you simply must visit between 9am and 4pm.
That’s because the Maui County Farm Bureau and Slow Food Maui are hosting a lovely event focused on turning us all into locavores. The 3rd Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival features plenty of demonstrations and activities, baking and cooking contests, a Grown on Maui farmer’s market, literature resources for you to take home, pony rides, and a Victory Farm booth. It’s free and open to the public.
And if you’re in the mood for lunch, you’ll be hungry for the special (ticketed) event Taste Education. Here’s what happens:
- A Maui rancher or farmer introduces their product.
- A Maui chef cooks it.
- You eat a tasting-sized portion.
- Repeat fifteen times.
Is there a better way to eat lunch on Maui? Not that we can think of.
Restaurants involved include A Saigon Cafe, Duke’s Beach House, Hula Grill, Flatbread Company, Mala’s Ocean Tavern, Market Fresh Bistro, Merriman’s Kapalua, Roy’s Restaurant, Pineapple Grill, Sansei and The Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. You’ll see Mark Ellman of Mala, Peter Merriman of Merriman’s, Ryan Luckey of the Pineapple Grill, and Justin Pardo of Market Fresh Bistro, among others.
Visit the Maui County Farm Bureau website or call 808-243-2290 for tickets ($25 before March 26, $30 after; kids under 12 get in for $10 before March 26, $15 after).
This is a hot ticket, so go fill out the form now. Here’s the link.