Pride in Hawai‘i Island Agriculture
For two decades, Taste of the Hawaiian Range offered a daytime workshop for students and the food industry, an afternoon Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101 class for the public and the event gala. During this time, Taste was geared to inform chefs, culinary students and attendees on the benefits of using grass-fed beef, while encouraging ranchers to produce it.
Taste reformatted in 2018 with a new event emphasizing agriculture in a more broad and comprehensive way. Sharing how local ranchers and farmers take pride in producing our high-quality food became an objective, along with engaging people of all ages with local agriculture.
The 2018 event moved to Waimea to debut a free, daytime and outdoor Agriculture Festival at the YMCA Minuke Ole Park behind Parker Ranch Center. Also on tap were free, indoor seminars all day in the classrooms adjacent to the Old Kahilu Town Hall, known today as Mana Christian ‘Ohana. Showcasing cuisine by local chefs featuring pasture-raised meats, the evening Taste Gala featured 20 culinary stations at Mana Christian ‘Ohana.
Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, plus encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The quality and growth of this event are rooted in business participation, sponsorship and in-kind donations.