On Saturday, June 6th at the Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery, the HFMA held their 2nd Annual TASTE Awards. The HFMA is an association of local food manufacturers, suppliers and support companies that encourage the development of food production in the state. It is the only food manufacturing association in the US!
Aloha Tofu was kindly nominated to be one of 5 finalists in the “Manufacturer of the Year – Small Company” category so we got a table and joined the festivities!
Prior to the dinner and awards ceremony, there was a “Battle of the Chefs”, a silent auction and some sampling of members’ products, including Koloa Rum, Pacific Kool Ginger and Iced Tea from The Tea Chest. In addition to Governor Ige and US Representative Gabbard, the local food industry was well represented at what is quickly becoming a very popular event! The food provided by Pomaikai Ballrooms was wonderful, of course, as were the wines, provided by Maui Winery.
There are many great companies in Hawaii that produce wonderful products, so when I saw the other nominees in our category (Koloa Rum, Mulvadi Corporation (coffee), Hawaii Popcorn Company, Aloha Hawaiian Store), I really didn’t think we would have a chance, but it is still good to support the overall industry (and get a great dinner with wine as well).
…but guess what…! We won!
It’s a really beautiful award, but I think the kitchen was looking to use it to ground up some herbs or spices (and poi!)…