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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival





NOVEMBER 4-13, 2011


Much has been celebrated, discussed and enjoyed over a cup of Kona's world-famous coffee. Praised for its fine, aromatic and memorable taste, Kona coffee will once again take center stage at the 41st annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival from November 4-13, 2011.  

The annual Kona coffee harvest that has sustained Kona's agricultural community for more than 185 years is celebrated every November. The award-winning 10-day Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii, honors Kona's cultural heritage and recognizes the accomplishments of Kona coffee pioneers, farmers and artisans.

Each year the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival hosts over forty special eventsduring its 10-day schedule. Visitors, residents and veteran Kona coffee pickers compete in the Festival's Kona Coffee Picking Contest, or gather in Historic Kailua Village to watch colorful lanterns light the evening sky as Kona's heritage is celebrated with community groups in colorful ethnic costumes. Festival fun continues with a recipe contest, Kona coffee tastings, a scholarship pageant, two-days of Kona coffee cupping competition, farm tours, cultural workshops, art exhibits, an outdoor concert and much more!

A Sampling of Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Events 

Whole Cup Consulting and UCC Hawaii Kona Coffee Cupping Competition 
A signature event, the prestigious Whole Cup Consulting and UCC Hawaii Kona Coffee Cupping Competition is conducted by a panel of international judges who are experts in the coffee industry. The two-day competition percolates with more than 100 judged entries - each assigned a number to assure anonymity. Judges look for high marks in fragrance, aroma, taste, nose, aftertaste and body.

Coffee connoisseurs from around the world will gather to attend the Whole Cup Consulting and UCC Hawaii Kona Coffee Cupping Competition and find out which Kona coffee farm will be named as Kona's best.

KTA Super Stores Kona Coffee Recipe Contest & Big Island Showcase  
Foodies and culinary fans can catch professionals, culinary students, amateurs and keiki in action creating unique recipes showcasing Kona coffee as an ingredient in entrees, drinks and desserts. The best part of the day? Once judging is completed, everyone enjoys the samples.

Makaeo Cultural Event 
The four-day Makaeo Cultural Event gives festival-goers exciting hands-on daily cultural offerings including a Hawaiian Quilt Workshop, Lei Contest, Coconut and Lauhala Weaving classes, Kona Coffee Industry Workshops, Floral Demonstrations and for keiki,  the Kona Coffee Bicycle Rodeo, Balloon Artist Demonstrations and Ukulele lessons.

Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll 
Meet Kona coffee farmers and 'talk story' while sampling estate brews and specialty food items while strolling through boutique art galleries at the Holualoa Village Kona Coffee Tasting & Art Stroll.

Kona Coffee – Pride of the Pacific 
Each year the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival chooses a theme appropriate for promoting the Festival. This year's theme, “Pride of the Pacific” will reflect that excitement as the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival showcases Kona’s famous brew to the world. Big Island artist Karen Delimont captured that theme in her winning artwork. Delimonthas been involved in artistic endeavors since she was a keiki. Her grandmother, Rosalinda Gouveia was born in the heart of Kona Coffee Country (Holualoa) in 1901 and raised her family there. Delimont’s artwork will be the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival's cover art for its publications including posters, magazine and admission button. 

Plan to attend the 41st annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival and enjoy the cultural celebration that surrounds nearly 185-years of cultivating Kona’s world-famous coffee.

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