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2011 Kona Hawaii Don the Beachcomber THIRD Annual Mai Tai Festival August 13th
Alii Tiki
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Joined: Apr 24, 2008
Posts: 156
From: Kona, Hawaii & Palm Springs, California
Posted: 2009-07-20 1:32 pm   Permalink

August 22, 2009 the First Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Resort.


I'll see you there? If not I'll post some pics of the event.


more info here
http://www.hawaiihotels.com/Main/Index.cfm?ID=381&Ref=TA&Val=0

Edited post to update info- see the current links for the 2011 Festival





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Alii Tiki
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From: Kona, Hawaii & Palm Springs, California
Posted: 2009-07-20 1:44 pm   Permalink

Anyone making the trip out here for this event PM me and let's get together for some good times in the Hawaiian sun.

 
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Koolau
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Joined: Sep 23, 2006
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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-07-21 12:07 am   Permalink

I've been watching for this ever since Jeff Berry mentioned it on his blog a month or so ago. Thanks for the added info - I've never been able to find out any details other than a little graphic on the Don the Beachcomber website.

Still kind of sketchy though, huh? Do you have to make reservations for Jeff's presentation? The only registration box is for mai tai recipes. I guessing the first annual festival is going to have plenty rough edges. . .

It would be very cool to have Jeff Berry in Hawaii and see him give his presentation on Mai Tai paternity. Might be a little uncomfortable though, as I'm pretty sure he's in the Trader Vic camp.


 
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TIKIBOSKO
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Posted: 2009-07-22 12:05 am   Permalink

Aloha all here is a little more info, if the bum is there it will be a must see,


Don the Beachcomber First Annual Mai Tai Festival

Join us on August 22, 2009 for the First Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Resort. Festival includes: Farmer’s Market, food from the Big Island’s finest restaurants, music and crafts, and seminar from world renowned BEACHBUM BERRY on the History of the Mai Tai. Additionally, bartenders from all over the globe will compete for title of Best Mai Tai and the $10,000 cash prize! The award winning HAPA will perform that evening.
Aloha all, he's a little more info and an image,



Enter your favorite Mai Tai recipe, using Bacardi Rum, and compete to win top honors and the GIANT Cash Prize. A panel of judges will score the recipes based on various factors that will include flavor and presentation. 24 Finalists will be chosen out of all of the registrations who will be required to travel to the Royal Kona Resort for the final ‘Mix Off’ competition. All recipes must use Bacardi Rum. The winning ‘Mixologist’ and their recipe will also be featured in printed material after the competition.

There will be a small fee to register your Mai Tai Recipe and to participate in the competition. Please submit your contact information and we will contact you with a Registration form.

Special hotel room rates are available for competitors as well as guests and non competitors...
package information will soon be available…mahalo!

Here's the link for registration:



http://www.hawaiihotels.com/Main/Index.cfm?ID=381&Ref=TA&Val=0







Bosko


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kamakibell
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Joined: Jul 23, 2009
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Posted: 2009-07-23 3:54 pm   Permalink

Aloha -
Tickets are on sale now for the 1st Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival...
BEACHBUM BERRY Seminar is $30 and limited to 100 people.
Thanks for passing along the info to all interested parties!
The Mai Tai Mix OFF should be great fun as well ...not to mention the HAPA concert...$100 VIP passes get you into all the days events...as follows

10am-2pm Battle of the BBQ
1pm - BEACHBUM BERRY Seminar
2-5pm - Mix off preliminary rounds
5:30 - Pupu and cocktail reception with finals rounds of Mix Off
8:00 - HAPA Concert

Confirmed Judges of the Mai Tai Mix OFF-
Joey Gottesman - Mixologist
Chris Teves - Publisher of HI Beverage Guide
SAM CHOY - Celebrity Chef
BEACHBUM BERRY - Famous rum and mai tai expert...

Call with any questions 808-214-8133 Mahalo



 
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Brice
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Joined: May 30, 2007
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From: Kailua Kona, HI
Posted: 2009-08-04 11:21 am   Permalink

My wife and I made the Finals and are hoping to see other TC'ers there! We are glad to meet any other TC'ers and enjoy Beachbum's Seminar! We live in Kona and would like to meet up with any locals and or tourists! Just shoot a message and we can meet up! Aloha!

 
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tiki_kiliki
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From: Hamtown USA
Posted: 2009-08-11 05:19 am   Permalink

Here's more details about the Bum's appearance and seminar as the Bum hits Hawaii for the Mai-Tai festival. Hukilau even got a mention!! I so wish I could join all of you lucky ones!!

http://blog.beachbumberry.com/2009/08/07/mai-tai-madness-the-bum-hits-hawaii/

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Yee-Haw & Aloha,


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kamakibell
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Posted: 2009-08-11 11:44 am   Permalink

ALOHA ALL -
Don't forget to call and purchase your tickets for the First Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival...with the media exposure ramping up we expect to SELL OUT...call 808-329-3111 or myself for more information! 808-214-8133 Mahalo nui loa! ESPECIALLY don't forget BEACHBUM BERRY's Seminar...sure to be a hit!!!! OH and of course the concert by HAPA!!!


 
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Koolau
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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-08-17 11:35 pm   Permalink

Alright - I'm in! Purchasing tickets was very easily done over the phone.

I really look forward to meeting Jeff Berry and hearing his presentation. We just don't get opportunities like this very often out here in the middle of the Pacific.

Here's to hoping it's the first of many annual Mai Tai festivals.



 
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Koolau
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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-08-25 12:42 am   Permalink

Congratulations to the staff of the Royal Kona for a fun Mai Tai Festival - it was very well organized with lots of staff on hand to help, and the venues were great.



This was the first time I met Jeff Berry - he was exactly as I imagined from reading his books. Funny, informative and just so damn knowledgeable. He really told a great story about the creation of the Mai Tai, and presented just amazing evidence in the form of old menus, bartender notes, and rum production data to support or discount the claims of Trader Vic, Donn Beach, and Harry Owens. Good fun, appreciated by the attendees.

The talk was given in the Alii Surf Room - a big round room just off the Don the Beachcomber main dining room. The entire Royal Kona hotel is a marvel of 60's architecture - here's one of five chandeliers in the Alii Surf Room:



If you're on Maui, he's giving the talk one more time on Tuesday night in Lahaina - don't miss it.

Thanks to Jeff for coming all the way out to Hawaii - it was really appreciated. Next time come to Oahu - I'd love to see the Zombie presentation in front of the waterfall at La Mariana.



 
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Brice
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From: Kailua Kona, HI
Posted: 2009-08-26 6:32 pm   Permalink

Here is the twenty minute link to the awesome video with a great interview with Jeff Beachbum Berry. Everyone had a great time, and I am gearing up for next year in hopes it will be as much fun as this year!

http://www.bigislandweekly.com/articles/2009/08/26/read/a_and_e/arts01.txt

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-08-27 10:40 pm   Permalink

Wow! How fabulous! Who would have ever thought.... Truly, the Bum rules!

And a Bacardi based Mai Tai won!? But it had to be blowtorched to get that aged rum taste:

"I took Don's traditional drink and evolved it by adding house-made Falerno, an almond-based syrup with clove, ginger, citrus notes, Tahitian limes and Bacardi rum," said Matsubara, who went on the explain how he used a culinary tool called the smoking gun on the concoction to give it an aged rum taste and characteristic flavor. "Then I used a blowtorch on the packed brown sugar around the rim like a brulee."

What we have here is a Witco-Mai Tai, folks!




 
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Beachbumz
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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2009-08-28 6:15 pm   Permalink

Wish I could have made it over to the Big Island, Sounds like it was a lot of fun.. I love that old hotel..
Koolua, Do you know where in Lahaina Jeff is going to be??


 
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Koolau
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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-08-29 03:41 am   Permalink

He was at the old Don the Beachcombers at the Royal Lahaina Resort on August 25, so he's pau.

 
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Mongoloid
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From: Long Beach
Posted: 2009-11-13 4:19 pm   Permalink

This is a cool look at Dons on the big island, and the Mai Tai festival they had, plus some good stories from Beachbum Barry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jrDO5qE7a0

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