Thursday, February 17, 2011

Avocado Festival Inspires Delicious Treats

The 5th Annual Hawai'i Avocado Festival will be held this Saturday, February 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. Highlights of this fun and free Festival include guacamole tastings, avocado recipe contests, an organic farmer's market, locally-made arts and crafts, panel presentations, a Green fashion show, healing arts, live entertainment and local cultural performances.

New this year, Festival sponsors have arranged an "Avocado-Inspired Deliciously Local Dinner" on Friday, February 18th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Keauhou Beach Resort. Tickets are $55, and will include live music, a silent auction and a buffet of mouth-watering creations, including Seared Ahi and Avocado Parfait with Lilikoi Vinaigrette and Avocado Cream Pie. For tickets, call (808) 334-3340 or click here.

In honor of the festival, we thought we'd share our Avocado Bread recipe with you.

3/4 cup mashed ripe avocados
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking sode
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
(or chopped walnuts)

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9- x 5- inch loaf pan and set it aside. Mash your avocados, then combine in a bowl with the eggs, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix well. Fold in your nuts. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for the first half hour, then cover loosely with foil and bake for one hour (or until a stick inserted into the center comes out clean).

Here at Holualoa Inn, we use only the freshest ingredients grown on our 30 acres of farm land. In addition to our award-winning estate Kona Coffee, we grow all our own fruits, vegetables, herbs and even have chickens for our eggs. Breakfast at the Holualoa Inn is more than a meal - it's an experience.

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