Early birds will start to converge at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at 4 p.m. today and Friday for food and beverage before Elton John's show. Those 21 and older must bring ID to imbibe in premium beer and wine served at booths.
"Hey kids, shake it loose together down at our Events Lawn before we welcome Sir Elton John to the brand new Yokouchi Pavilion stage," says Lisa Haole, the MACC's food and beverage co-director. "Come early to avoid lines and fill up on some great grinds as we await The Rocket Man on Maui."
Different vendors will showcase their signature dishes each day. So those who attend this evening's show will have a totally different food experience than those who go Friday. While gates to the Events Lawn open at 4 p.m., gates to the A&B Amphitheater concert area will open at 6 p.m. today and 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Dave Wasserman (from left), Chuck McMillan and Ellen Lustig are fans who waited in line for hours for tickets. “I saw Elton back in the ’70s at the Blue Max,” says Lustig. “Everyone was boogieing. This should be awesome, too!”
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Scrip may be purchased at various locations as the food and alcohol vendors will not accept cash or credit cards. Food will cost from $2 to $12 per item.
Today, Food for the Soul will take your taste buds into the heart of the Mediterranean with Greek hummus plates, Maui tapas plates and spicy vegetable penne arrabiata as well as barbecue spare ribs.
Flatbread & Co. will dish up big slices of their famous organic pizza with your choices of kalua pork, veggies, or Jay's heart toppings.
The popular 808 Deli will serve mahi chowder in bread bowls, chicken-salad wraps, chips, and 808 salad of mixed greens tossed with fresh apples, cucumbers, pecans and goat cheese.
Alexander's Famous Fish will grill Volcano salmon burgers and chicken and do seafood wontons and mahi pesto plates. All come with hapa rice and Caesar salads. Cold Stone Creamery and Maui Macaroons will be on hand with dessert favorites and coffees.
Friday, Elton fans may go south of the border with bean-and-cheese burritos and pork tamales with rice and beans by Maui Tacos. Or opt for spicy ahi cakes, pulled pork sandwiches, Kula greens with papaya-seed dressing, and barbecue chicken by Rodeo General Store; cheese plates, paninis, meat loaf and mac and cheese by Who Cut The Cheese; and plates of teriyaki chicken, shrimp, prime rib and veggies by Kobehana of Maui. The dessert vendor will be Cake Bakery with pecan bars, raspberry cream cheese brownies and much more.
Glasses of beer and wine will cost $7 each. Choose from chardonnay, cabernet and four beers such as Bud Light, Sam Adams, Heineken and Longboard Lager.
For more details, you may visit www.mauiarts.org.