HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Foodies should mark their calendars for an upcoming annual event that attracts more than 35,000 attendees each year will satisfy any culinary desire.
The 20th annual Made in Hawaii festival presented by First Hawaiian Bank is a three-day event of "made in Hawaii" products including food, art, fashion, crafts, and much more.
There is no excuse for festival-goers to go home hungry with island chefs putting on cooking demonstrations throughout the three-day festival, and nearly 120 of the more than 400 exhibitors sampling and selling their locally-made food products, beverages, and produce. The real challenge will be picking and choosing through all the culinary choices.
Visitors and residents alike can look forward to stocking up on their favorite island treats from across the Hawaiian Islands, including Kona Gold rum cakes, Molokai bread from Kanemitsu Bakery, gourmet peanut butters from North Shore Goodies, and Adoboloco's hot sauces from Maui, just to name a few.
Some products that are new to the Made in Hawaii festival this year include Maui Fruit Jewels fancy fruit confections, Paradise Brats German-style bratwurst, and Taro Brand's taro pancake mix.
Also new this year is the New Product Showcase, organized by Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, in the Blaisdell Center's Pikake room. This "festival within the festival" will include five food-product manufacturers that are part of INNOVATE Hawaii, a program that helps local manufacturing companies create, build, and grow their business.
The New Product Showcase manufacturers will include Herbologie Studio, Life Foods, Manoa Chocolate, Mauna Kea Tea, and Papalua Island.
When festival goers need to take a break from exploring the product-laden booths, there will also be cooking demonstrations by some of Hawaii's top chefs who will offer tasty samples of their prepared dishes. The demonstrations will take place throughout each day in the Blaisdell Area.
The Made in Hawaii festival takes place at the Neal S. Blaisdell Area and Exhibition Hall on Friday, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th, from 10:00 a.m. Until 9 p.m. and on Sunday, August 17th from 10:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person, and children who are age six and under get in for free.
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