Enjoy YOUR Slice of Life!
Plans for festivities are underway as the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (KCCF) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year from November 5-14, 2010. The 40th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival theme is "Celebrating 40 Years of Kona Coffee Heritage" and features 10 days of events that honor pioneers, farmers, artisans and gourmet Kona coffee.
The annual Kona coffee harvest, one of the Big Island's most economically successful crops, is celebrated every November at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. This 10-day Festival with nearly 50 events honors the multi-ethnic heritage of Kona's coffee pioneers and their gourmet brews. The Festival combines the modern day infatuation with coffee with the industry's old-world history as visitors, residents and farmers gather together to salute Kona coffee.
There's something for everyone at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival including the highly anticipated Kona coffee cupping competition, Kona coffee recipe contest, the Miss Kona coffee pageant, coffee picking contest, colorful parades and a collection of food, music, dance, arts and crafts from Kona's diverse ethnic heritage. Visitors can take tours of working and historical Kona coffee farms, mills and roasting operations or shop at a farmer's market for their favorite Kona estate roast and other Kona coffee infused products.
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is recognized and supported as a 'Major Festival' by Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) as the Festival showcases Hawaii's unique culture and diversity. HTA was created in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage the growth of Hawaii's visitor industry in a manner consistent with its economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources and community interests.
The 40th Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival celebrates its 182-year coffee tradition from November 5-14, 2010. For more event information, visit www.konacoffeefest.com.
Authentic local arts and crafts on display during the KFFC.
Kona coffee is grown and harvested by over 700 coffee farmers on mostly small plots of land.
Hula Daddy owner proudly displays his company's logo printed on burlap coffee sacks.
Dine Under the Stars with Fresh Finds from the Kona Farmers Market
(Keauhou-Kona, Hawaii - June, 2010) ~ Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa Executive Chef Eric Lelinski recently updated the Big Island resort's popular Dining Under the Stars menus to increase use of fresh finds from the Keauhou Farmers Market held each Wednesday at the resort and each Saturday at nearby Keauhou Shopping Center.
Couples celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a romantic, torch-lit, private oceanside dinner at the resort have four Dining Under the Stars menus to choose from.
Kohala Field Greens, garnishes of Island-grown basil, Pahole Ferns, Hamakua Springs tomatoes and Hamakua mushrooms join Kona-style Ahi and island-fresh mahi mahi interspersed in the delicious prix-fixe menus. Dessert selections continue the island themes with choices of Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Tropical Cheesecake and Chocolate Lava Cake, depending on the menu selected.
"I have worked with my staff over the past few months to develop these new menus so that we could provide our guests a memorable meal that would be unique, absolutely delicious and include a high percentage of locally-sourced ingredients," explained Chef Lelinski. "I believe we've achieved our goals and the feedback has been extremely positive."
Dining Under the Stars menus are priced between $117 and $197 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Book Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa's "Explore Hawaii" package and apply a portion of the $500 resort credit to a Dining Under the Stars evening. (Five-night minimum stay is required). Stay ten nights and double the credit to $1,000!
Book online at www.SheratonKeauhou.com/specials, contact your preferred travel planner, or call 866-716-8140 and request rate plan LCPKG1 by September 30, 2010 for travel through January 7, 2011.
Learn more: http://www.SheratonKeauhou.com.