“Taste of Puna” - 11th Annual Cook-off Announced - Keaau , Hawaii
Sure Save Stores announces its 11th Annual Cook-Off “Taste of Puna” to be held at Puna Fresh Foods at the Keaau Shopping Center , on Saturday March 24, 2006. This community service project is sponsored by Sure Save Stores and local business to promote the goodness of the district of Puna, to showcase its creative tastes and talents. All cooks are invited to compete in this fun event, which will also feature arts and crafts from Puna and a cooking demonstration.
As part of Taste of Puna the new Keaau Youth Business Center (KYBC) will hold the grand opening of its state of the art studio and media center. The project is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Bay Clinic of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Community College .
The grand prize is $2,000 cash with the total purse for the Cook-Off totaling $4,250. Contestants may enter in one of five categories including pupus, salads, entrees, desserts, and a new category - brewed coffee. Judging will consider use of products from Puna, taste, creativity, presentation, and recipe. The new coffee category is being sponsored by Hilo Coffee Company and will be the first coffee cupping competition in east Hawaii .
The general public is invited to taste and enjoy the creative food entries by making any cash gift to the beneficiary of this year’s event – Best Friend Camp. A Puna based 501C non-profit organization; Best Friend Camp was selected as the event’s beneficiary for their role in building stronger families and encouraging positive parenting. Best Friend Camp is located at the popular Pohiki Bay in Puna.
This year’s celebrity judge is Barry Cutler, host of “Cookin’ with Cutty”. Cutty’s shows are aired in OC16 in Hawaii and on the America One network – Nationwide.
Information and entry forms are available at Puna Fresh Foods at the Keaau Shopping Center or on the internet at www.suresave.com. Recipes must contain ingredients grown or produced in Puna. For further information call Margaret Strubel at 640- 3561, Co-chairperson and contestants coordinator for the event.