The third annual Ka’anapali Fresh culinary festival—August 29 to 31—brings together the best of what Maui fishermen, farmers and ranchers offer. Add the region’s top resort chefs and you’ve got fun, food and wine on the beach. Here are four reasons to go.
New this year, a double-hulled voyaging vessel leads a flotilla of canoes to the shore for traditional Hawaiian chants and an exchange of gifts from sea and land. The voyage symbolizes the culinary journey you can take through three ages of Hawaiian cuisine. Old Hawaii features fish, seaweed, sweet potatoes and taro. The Golden Era highlights tastes of pineapple and farm-raised beef and pork. Modern Hawaii mixes innovative blends of exotic seasonings with regional cuisine.
Guests can take cocktail making class led by two award-winning mixologists at the Fresh Mixology 101 session. This year the focus is on using local craft beers in some favourite, classic cocktails—try the rum-based Dragonberry Bomb, a Maui favourite.
Learn Local Sustainability
At the Maui Farmers Market culinary sustainability is showcased—try grass-fed beef, pork and lamb, as well as island fish, ripe fruits and vegetables. You can also meet and chat with the local farmers and food producers at the market along Ka‘anapali beachwalk in Whalers Village.
Yummy Side Trips
Tour O’o Farm and then dig into a multi-course lunch with homegrown ingredients on the patio. If you love coffee take the coffee estate tour that ends at MauiGrown Coffee’s store near the town of Lahaina, try the Maui Estate blend dark roast for a little taste of Maui.