By Rich Figel
PROGRAM ALERT: The new March episode of Career Changers TV begins airing Saturday night around 8:45 PM following high school wrestling on OC16... BTW, have you seen the new commercial that reminds viewers OC16 is actually on Channel 12/high def 1012 now? Even the Star-Advertiser television grid recently mixed up listings for OCSports (which is shown on channel 16/1016) and OC12 -- er, OC16 programming. If you ask me, they should just change the name to OC12.
One of the features on our March show is about the two women who run the Farmlovers Farmers' Markets on Oahu. They now have five different locations: Waimea Valley, Hawaii Kai, Kakaako, Pearlridge and Kailua. Pamela Boyar and Annie Suite both have interesting backgrounds, and one way they distinguish their markets from others is by coming up with themes that highlight local products -- take cacao and chocolate, for example.
This Sunday, March 2, they will have a Cacao Guided Walking Tour that departs at 9:30 and 10 AM, plus demonstrations throughout the day at the Kailua market. I've copied their press release below, or you can click here to go to their website for more info. As it happens, we did a piece on Madre Chocolate -- one of the tour stops -- back in 2012. Since then, Nat Bletter and Dave Elliot have been on a roll, winning international awards for their artisan chocolate creations and have expanded to another location in Chinatown. We also did segments on the Hawaii Chocolate Festival and the Waialua Estates cacao farm. If you missed that show, you can click on the hot-linked names to see those videos.
But if you're on the Windward side this weekend, it's a lot more fun (and tasty) to check out this event in person. Oh -- and Camille's on Wheels, another friend of the show, will be there too!
From the Farmlovers press release:
KailuaTown Farmers’ Market is celebrating the transformative power of Cacao- from colorful pod to delectable taste sensation- with its 3rd Annual Hawaii Cacao Festival on Sunday, March 2nd! Sample delicacies from The Food Company's Chef Jason Kiyota, Mama T from Down to Earth, Chef Nicole LaTorre, Pastry Chef (& James Beard Nominee!) Michelle Karr-Ueoka, and Camille's on Wheels.. Sign up for a Cacao Guided Walking Tour where you will visit Kokolani Chocolate, Manoa Chocolate, Madre Chocolate & Whole Foods Market, and watch how this weird little fruit gets turns into delightful decadence. Discover how cacao is grown and why Hawaii is the only state in the nation that can grow it. Fun activities for kids include decorating Mr. Cacao Heads! Everyone can enjoy the live music of Paul Izak & Seeds of Love while relaxing in the 75- seat covered café.
Discover the many benefits of this amazing fruit. Buy from Hawaii’s finest chocolatiers like Madre Chocolate, Aloha Chocolate, Waialua Estate, Manoa Chocolate, Lolohana Chocolate, Hawaii Crown Chocolate and Kokolani Chocolate. Learn why Kailua is becoming known at Choc-Kailua. Learn about the Bean-to-Bar Movement in artisanal chocolate-making. Visit over 40 booths of KailuaTown’s premiere weekly farmers’ market. Sample and purchase fun chocolate creations made especially for this event! Cacao Trees available for purchase. This free festival is fun for the whole family.
WHEN: Sunday, March 2, 2014
Market: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kids Activities: 8:30 a.m. - 1p.m.
Guided Walking Tour: Departing at 9:30AM, 10:00AM.
Sign up on arrival. 20 person limit per tour.
Demonstrations & education: throughout the event