Keaau, Hawaii … The 12th Annual Cook-Off “Taste of Puna” will be held this coming Saturday June, 21, 2008 in Puna Fresh Foods at the
In the coffee category contestants are reminded to bring one pound of green beans to Hilo Coffee Mill to be roasted by Tuesday, June 18, 2008. 100% of the coffee must be grown on
At this year’s Taste of Puna Cook-Off competition a new category is being introduced…Packaged Products. In this division, contestants will be producing a product and providing a mock sample package depicting a “make believe” brand, product name, weight, nutrition information, UPC, and other selling information. In this category a recipe is not needed and the product can be a food or non-food item. Hopefully this could be a springboard for starting a new business that uses Puna products.
With increasing community support the grand prize has increased to $2,500 cash with the total purse for the Cook-Off totaling over $5,000, plus non-cash prizes donated by local business. In addition to the grand prize there will be five (5) category winners earning $200, ten (10) best of shows winning $100, and ten (10) honorable mentions winning $20.00. All participants will receive an Award Certificate or Certificate of Appreciation for their role to help promote the “Goodness of Puna”.
Contestants may enter in one of five categories including salads, entrees, desserts, brewed coffee, and packaged product. Judges will consider 1) use of products from Puna, 2) taste, 3) presentation, and 4) a written recipe. In addition one entry will be selected by the State Department Health
The fun community event will be held on Saturday June 21, 2008 at the
An awards ceremony will take place at 12:30 pm. Emcee and host for the ceremony will be Richard Nelson, Past President of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Cook-Off’s first grand prize winner; he was instrumental in getting FedEx to make daily stops into Hilo International Airport to help Puna’s floral and tropical fruit industries.
Judging this years competition will include Howard Dashefshy – KHNL-TV New 8, Alan Okuda – Hawaii Community College Hilo - Food Service Program Director, Margie Hanselman – Taste of Puna two-time grand prize winner; Audrey Wilson – Columnist and gourmet cook, Hawaii Tribune Herald; Lee Harlow – Volcano House, Denyse Temple – Puna News,
This community event is made possible by the contributions by various business, community, and government partnerships. Title sponsors of the event are Puna Fresh Foods, Wiki-Wiki Mart,
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For Further Information Contact:
Carl Okuyama, Event Coordinator
Taste of Puna
Cell: (808) 937-4392