It's almost that time again with Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range at the Hilton Waikoloa Village coming up this October 4th. The annual event showcases the Big Island's grass-fed beef industry while bringing together local ranchers, farmers, restaurateurs and eager eaters to celebrate a bounty of locally produced food.
This popular event seems to be getting bigger every year and support for locally grown produce, providers, markets and restaurants is clearly becoming more attractive to island lifestyle. Over 30 of the state’s top chefs will dazzle diners 6-8 p.m. with delectable dishes using grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar—plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey, spices and beverages. When there are so many amazing restaurants supporting island growers, it’s a nice way of keeping the local economy thriving – one tasty bite at a time.
Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of grass-fed beef—everything from tongue to tail—prepared expertly by Hawai‘i chefs. Enjoy familiar cuts like sirloin tip and ribs, plus beef cheek and the infamous “rocky mountain oysters” or bull testicles. While “tasting,” festival goers can meet Hawaii's food producers at gaily decorated vendor booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. Taste also affords local food producers the opportunity to hookup with isle chefs, wholesale buyers and consumers. Diners will be able to sample other locally made finished products that are distributed throughout the islands and to the mainland.
This year's Taste of the Hawaiian Range promises to be the food extravaganza on the Big Island. You'll want to come early to sample some of the most amazing dishes from the top chefs in Hawaii. For more information and to purchase tickets directly, visit their website here.