Mango, music festival Sunday

WAIPA — Mango habanero bratwurst, local and grass-fed steak tacos with mango salsa, and mango-glazed pork pulled sandwiches are just a few of the temptations in Waipa on Sunday.

But that’s not the only treat for the taste buds at the fifth annual Music & Mango Festival. Fresh mango juice will also be on tap, along with mango-themed jellies and other spreads.

Music, cooking demonstrations and contests will also be in full swing on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. The festival runs through 5 p.m.

Farmers will have the whole fruits for sale, including Jossi and Kuulei Johnson, who were instrumental in starting the first mango festival.

“The first time we did it, he (Jossi) did a grafting class and had different varieties of mangoes for people to try,” said Kalen Kelekoma, who is heading up the festival. “And we had someone do a cooking demo also.”

The festival has grown to include food vendors, music, face-painting and waterslides for the keiki, and a recipe contest.

Anyone can enter the recipe contest, which has four categories: dessert, appetizer and entrée, jam and jelly, and pickled mango. A biggest mango contest will also be held at the festival.

Guest chef Adam Watson, from Hanai in Kapaa, as well as a panel of guest judges will judge the contest.

“Adam will be doing a cooking demo afterwards,” Kelekoma said. “I don’t know what he’ll demo, but he made a mango vinegar specifically for this.”

Lady Ipo, Kaele, Darlene Ahuna and Na Pali will provide the entertainment.

The event is located at the Halulu Fishpond, about half a mile past Hanalei. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for keiki. Proceeds go to the Waipa Foundation.

Info: Kalen, 826-9969


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