The 26th Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference is September 30-October 7, starting at the Kauai Beach Resort and then traveling to Oahu, Molokai, Hilo and Kona for mini-conferences. Geared to farmers, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture, the eight-day event is presented by the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) and open to the public.
Starting tonight, RumFire Poipu Beach and Koloa Rum Company are on the hunt for Kauai’s Best Bartender. In the contest’s second year, the island’s food and beverage industry professionals have been challenged to showcase original Koloa Rum-based cocktails for the chance to earn the title and the $4,000 grand prize. The runner up will receive a $1,000 second prize, both courtesy of Koloa Rum. Over the 15 weeks of the single-elimination tournament, contestants will go head-to-head each week by creating an original cocktail with a mystery ingredient. A winner will be named Kauai’s Best Bartender in the final round on Friday, November 18.