LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i Farmers Market Association just added to the merrier holiday spirit that took over the Pau Hana Market at Kukui Grove Center Monday when Stormy Soza dropped off a carton filled with assorted face masks.
“I have 31 masks, but if it’s free, I can always add to my collection,” said Bill Spitz, one of the market volunteers.
The Pau Hana Market, a partnership with KGC and the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau, announced its month-long “merrier” holiday schedule that includes weekly entertainment specials as well as a photo session with “Kaua‘i’s Santa.”
Headlining the month-long festivities, the market announced a holiday recipe contest through the collaborative efforts of KGC, Corteva Agriscience, the Kaua‘i Grown program and the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau.
Information and application forms are only available at the Pau Hana Market Monday, Dec. 6, the market starting with the cowbell at 3 p.m. and running until 5 p.m.
The contest is open to anyone, and the recipe entry cannot be served at any restaurant.
Entrants can earn one of five prizes that will be presented for best overall recipe, best recipe using the most Kaua‘i Grown ingredients, best recipe for appetizer, best recipe for main dish and best recipe for dessert. No late entries will be accepted past the Dec. 20, 3 p.m. deadline.
Entrants can select from one of three categories — appetizer, main course or dessert — and can select two of four ingredients, including carrot, pineapple, ginger and lemon. These ingredients can be selected on the application form and picked up at the information table during the Dec. 13 market. The deadline for turning in the contest application form is Dec. 6 by market’s close at 5 p.m.
All entries and printed recipes must be turned in by Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. to the information table at the Pau Hana Market.
Judging will take place during the market, and awards will be presented following the judging.
More merriment takes place on the grounds of KGC when Sarah Tochiki will present the Music of the Holidays on Dec. 6 with the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Band.
Kimberly Hope and Katherine Stennett present Violin Music for the Holidays to serenade farmers’ market shoppers on Dec. 13, and Kaua‘i Santa (he’s probably waiting to sample the winning recipe) pops up on Dec. 20 for selfies with farmers’ market shoppers.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or email@example.com.