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Coffee up! The festival is upon us!

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(Photos for Hawaii 24/7 special by Margaret Masunaga)

Saturday, Nov. 7

Brewalalai- Best of Taste – 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday – Kealakekua

Special free tastings of the top three Gevalia cupping competition finishers from the past eight years at the 100% Kona Coffee Bar. Limited bags of Kona coffee will be available for purchase. Located in historic Honuaino Square. Must have Festival button. 322-9977.

Holualoa Village Coffee Tasting & Art Stroll – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

A collection of boutique art galleries pair with tastings of three dozen estate label Kona coffees. Talk story with local farmers while tasting their gourmet coffees.

Children’s Kona Coffee Quilting Class – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Quilt Passions

Free introductory class for ages 8 to 12 years. Free class includes materials and instruction. Class size limited to 20. Call to reserve space at 808-329-7475.

Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawaii) Corp. 39th Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant – 6:30 p.m. No-host cocktails; 7:30 p.m. Pageant – Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel

An exciting evening that crowns Miss Kona Coffee and Miss Aloha Hawaii 2010. Tickets are $30 plus a Festival button. Ticket hotline 557-0677.

Sunday, Nov. 8

Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawaii) Corp. Kona Coffee Picking Contest  – 7:30 a.m. Registration; 8:30 a.m. Competition – Ueshima Coffee Farm

Ever attempted to pick coffee? Test your skills in a timed competition for beginners and masters. From the slopes of this picture perfect farm, watch the master pickers of astonishing speed and skill. Cash prizes, entertainment and refreshments.

Brewalalai- Best of Taste – 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Kealakekua

Special free tastings of the top three Gevalia cupping competition finishers from the past eight years at the 100% Kona Coffee Bar. Limited bags of Kona coffee will be available for purchase. Located in historic Honuaino Square. Must have Festival button. 322-9977.

KTA Super Stores Kona Coffee Recipe Contest/Big Island Showcase – 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa Convention Center

Amateurs, culinary students, keiki and professionals present their favorite entrée and dessert recipes featuring 100% Kona coffee and other Hawaii island products. Displays and samples of Hawaii island products, cooking demonstration and door prizes. The public is invited to taste contestant’s recipes following the award presentation.

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