The upcoming 2012 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in November on the Big Island pays homage to 200 years of coffee heritage in The Big Island of Hawaii. Throughout the festival’s 10-day extravaganza, groups can partake in several coffee oriented competitions, attend coffee farm tours or show off their skill during a Talent Night contest.
Another favorite is a 25-pax Kona Coffee Council’s Farm & Mill Tour, which takes groups to selected coffee estates and processing mills. During the rest of the year, many of these farms are open for customized group events, such as Holualoa Inn.
A few of the festival highlights include picking your own beans at the picking contest, taking living history farm tours to learn about life on the family coffee farms, and strolling through the upcountry town of Holualoa. The festival’s marquee event is the Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, where a panel of international Master Cuppers determines the best coffee of the year.
Several events throughout the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival will be held at the 509-pax Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, located 30 min south from the Kona International Airport at Keahole. The highlight of the coffee action at the resort includes the mega popular KTA Super Stores Kona Coffee Recipe Contest.