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Buy Advance Tickets to Ag Fair Now
March 14, 2011 - Carla Tracy
Everyone knows that farmers are the new rock stars! That’s why tickets are being snapped up as fast as to the Elton John concert for the upcoming Maui County Agricultural Festival’s Grand Taste Education Event. To be staged April 2 at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, the ag fest will put the spotlight on farmers and ranchers by pairing them with top Maui chefs in entertaining ways. Just buy a ticket to one of two Grand Taste Education sessions and you may schmooze with these culinary celebrities and enjoy tastings at 12 featured stations.
For instance, the ever effervescent Jennifer Nguyen of A Saigon Café in Wailuku will be paired with farmer Jamie Shishido of Shishido Farms in Kula. He’s famous for growing kai choy, a pungent Chinese mustard cabbage. The duo will wow the crowds with kai choy chicken rolls of the exotic and fresh Vietnamese kind.
“Here, at A Saigon Cafe, we are trying to buy our produce solely from the gardens and farms of Maui,” says Nguyen. “What we are not able to purchase on island, we are trying to grow ourselves. We feel that what we grow is as important how it's grown. With that in mind, we have been learning the principals behind biodynamic farming and gardening.”
Chef Joey Macadangdang of Roy's Kahana will certainly make a statement with whole pig from Sakugawa Farms kiawe-wood roasted and carved on site. Attendees may savor this whole roasted Sakugawa Farm pork with steam buns, cilantro and spicy ginger sauce.
Attendees may also check out presentations by these local “rock stars,” centered around growing and preparing locally sourced fruits, vegetables and proteins at the Taste Education stage. This is localvore dining at its finest. Look for further information in the Maui Scene as the event approaches.
Advance tickets are available through March 30 at http://www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org/merchandise_tickets.shtml. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. After March 30, tickets will cost $30 for adults, and $20 for children 12 and younger.
*Ticket price allows attendees one tasting from each of the 12 stations. You may also watch the various presentations at the Taste Education stage throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Grand Taste Education will be presented in two sessions: • Session one Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Session two from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Grand Taste Education is presented in partnership with Slow Food Maui. Its members will be on hand to provide information about how to “take it slow” as well as assist foodies, farmers, ranchers, and chefs.
As background information, Maui County Agricultural Festival is held annually on the first Saturday in April. It celebrates agriculture’s vital role in the economy, environment, and lifestyle of Maui. For more details, or to become a vendor or sponsor, visit www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org For more information contact, festival organizers at 243-2290.
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Jamie Shishido is a Kula farmer, a "rock star," if you will, who will appear at Maui ag fair April 2.