Songs are written about them, people risk bodily injury to get them, and once you have had them, you’ll only want more.
Get a big juicy bite of Hawai`i by attending the 4th Annual Mango Festival at the Keauhou Beach Resort on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It’s mango-licious, with mango drinks, mango food and mango-themed arts and crafts. On Saturday at 1 p.m., a best mango recipe contest will be judged. Then one hour later, Fairmont Orchid Executive Chef Hubert de Marais will demonstrate his culinary skills.
Marais has the distinction of being named by Food and Wine Magazine as “one of the 10 best chefs in America.” He’s been featured on the Food Network and has been invited to cook for the James Beard Awards Gala.
This free event also has live entertainment by a local hula halau, Latin funk band Leche de Tigre trio, reggae artist Sahra Indio, the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko-Kohala performing Okinawan Eisa Taiko and Anela Strings.
Dancer Willow Chang will perform hypnotic belly dancing as well as offer workshops on both days.
For garden enthusiasts as well as those who wish to learn and cultivate, not kill, their plant-life, there will be grafting demonstrations and sage advice from master gardeners in West Hawai`i.
The Hawai`i Tropical Fruit Growers Association will also be giving free samples and information of the mango varieties grown statewide. For the mango recipe competition entry form, visit www.mangofest.org.
The Keauhou Beach Resort is located at 78-6740 Ali`i Drive in Kailua-Kona.