Taste of the Hawaiian Range offers lineup of ag, culinary activities

  • Shannon Wibberley gets Mountain Oysters prepared by Mai Grill chefs Zach Gimm, left, Darrell Egami and owner Allen Hess at the 21st Annual Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range in 2016 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. (Laura Shimabuku/West Hawaii Today)

WAIMEA — What’s being done to combat invasive species? How does Smart Yields help growers? What do you need to know about the Food Safety Modernization Act? Why does organic matter matter in soil?

Find out these answers and more during indoor classroom presentations Saturday, Sept. 29, at Taste of the Hawaiian Range in Waimea.

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The 9 a.m.-4 p.m. seminars with Q&As, demonstrations, an exhibit and movie screening, cover a wide range of agricultural and culinary topics in the Mana Christian ‘Ohana classroom facility.

Presentations are open to the public and also are geared to members of the agricultural and culinary industry.

All are free, with the exception of the “Cooking 101” demonstration with sampling.

Seminars run concurrent to the 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Taste of the Hawaiian Range Agriculture Festival at the adjacent YMCA Minuke Ole Park, located behind Parker Ranch Center.

The daytime educational activities culminate with the evening Taste of the Hawaiian Range Gala, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mana Christian ‘Ohana Hall.

Other classroom topics include the latest in federal worker protection standards for proper pesticide use and safety, cutting-edge GMO research and technology involving CRISPR-Cas 9, Hawaii tea production, best-use practices for beef carcass utilization, University of Hawaii research involving locally produced organic fertilizers and organic matter in soil.

In addition, there will be an all-day exhibit of invasive species and the screening of the movie, “Food Evolution.”

Find the full lineup and times of seminars posted at https://tasteofthehawaiianrange.com/workshop/.

During the “Cooking 101” demonstration, chef Edwin Goto of The Village Burger and Noodle Shop will share how to use an immersion circulator appliance for the technique known as sous vide cooking.

He is preparing beef flank steak and pork belly.

Tickets, which include sampling, are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.

Tickets for the Taste of the Hawaiian Range Gala, featuring 20 culinary stations from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mana Christian ‘Ohana Hall, are $50 online and at Parker Ranch Store; $60 at the door if available.

For ticket info, visit www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.

Mana Christian ‘Ohana is located behind Parker Ranch Center at 67-1182 Lindsey Road.

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For more event information, visit www.TasteoftheHawaiian Range.com or contact Gina, 808-322-4892. Stay connected via Facebook at Tasteof theHawaiianRange and at @TasteHI on Twitter and Instagram.

Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, plus encouragement and support of locally produced ag products.

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