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2010 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
05 Nov 2010
14 Nov 2010
District of Kona, Island of Hawaii
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Various Join in the community celebration of Kona's gourmet brew at the 38th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival " Tradition, Culture and Kona Coffee" November 5 -14, 2010. This ten-day festival is filled with nearly 50 community events to pay honor to the multi-ethnic heritage of Kona coffee pioneers and their world famous gourmet brew.
The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is recognized as the oldest and most successful product festival in Hawaii and is the only coffee festival in the United States . The annual Kona coffee harvest, is one of the Big Island 's most economically successful crops, and is celebrated every November.
Today many Kona farmers can lay claim to being fifth generation coffee farmers. Coffee is an economic mainstay of Kona where farmers continue the tradition and honor their heritage with every harvest.
Throughout the Festival, visitors and residents find interesting events at various locations along the Kona Coffee Belt. At the annual Cupping Competition, similar to a wine-tasting, festival-goers view judges at work selecting the very best Kona coffee and sample the coffee themselves, while learning from tasting experts how to critique a high-quality brew.
An art show will feature a selection of paintings depicting views of the Kona coffee lifestyle, and a recipe contest will give student and professional chefs the opportunity to enter their most robust creations using world-famous Kona coffee.
Visitors can take tours of working and historical Kona coffee farms, mills and roasting operations. Free coffee workshops help share insight into growing, roasting and brewing Kona coffee. Visitors can watch or enter a Kona coffee picking contest, attend the Miss Kona Coffee Pageant, 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 goal, cultural values, preservation of natural resources and community interests.
During the festivities, the Kona Coffee Council will be sponsoring two days of Farm Tours (see below). The KCC will also be holding it's annual Dinner and Benefit Auction. Details and tickets sales are will be added soon..
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