Java junkies won’t want to miss the Kona Coffee Festival, a weeklong celebration beginning November 1st. This is the oldest Hawaiian food festival and is dedicated to coffee beans grown exclusively in the Kona District on the slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai, prime ground due to the porous and mineral rich soil. The coffee grown and roasted on this island is among the most prized in the world and this festival gives you a peek into the estates and mills that produce the esteemed bean.
The event kicks off with an art show and competition at the Donkey Mill Art Center, a restored Kona coffee mill. On Sunday, there will be a coffee picking contest at the UCC Ueshima Coffee Company, where contestants will have three minutes to prove their mettle. Sunday also features a culinary contest, where both amateur and professional chefs will showcase their favorite foods that feature coffee as an ingredient. During the week, visitors will have a chance to go on a Kona Coffee Living History Farm Tour, a Farm & Mill Tour, and watch the coffee cupping competition. The competition winners will be announced at the Kona Coffee Council Dinner & Benefit Auction, which is open to visitors and natives alike.
Additional events include the KBXtreme Scholarship Bowling Tournament, Kona Coffee 101 Seminar, and the Aloha Makahiki Concert at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. The full schedule of events with links to purchase tickets can be found here.
Kona Coffee Festival
Where: The Big Island
When: November 1-10