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Vanilla Luncheon and Farm Tour

Location: Hilo, Big Island

Take an educational walk through a working Hawaiian vanilla farm where you will learn about growing and processing vanilla directly from the local family farmers. Our Vanilla Luncheon offers a vanilla inspired meal featuring gourmet recipes developed in our Vanilla kitchen. Beginning at our mill site, lunch is served first, followed by a Vanilla 101 presentation.


What to Expect

We start the day with a delicious gourmet vanilla inspired lunch.

First serving is a welcome beverage of Vanilla Lemonade, Vanilla Ice Tea or a “Jimmy Boy” half Vanilla Lemonade, half Vanilla ice tea – Named after our owner Jim Reddekopp. Next we serve an "amuse" of garam masala shrimp cooked in vanilla butter served on a crostini with our vanilla pineapple chutney.

The main course includes a Vanilla Bourbon Marinated Chicken Breast on a Vanilla Sweet Bread Bun. Topped with caramelized onions with two sauces to choose from. One is Vanilla Barbecue Sauce and the other is a Vanilla Mango Chutney Aioli. Your salad is topped with a Vanilla Raspberry Balsamic Dressing, Vanilla Honey Peppered Pecans and feta cheese. You potatoes are baked in a Vanilla Southwest Rub.

Finally Hawaiian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream for dessert. Complimentary coffee service included.

After the lunch we enjoy a leisurely flat walk with a minor hill that is approachable for everyone. Our walking tour takes you through the inner-workings of this family owned farm and processing operation. You will learn about vanilla's growing cycle, the Hawaiian climate, all the different cultural and culinary uses for vanilla, how it is processed, and so much more.

Your tour guide is friendly and enthusiastic about vanilla and about the farm while offering exception insight into the science and and complex art of growing vanilla.

It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes and in winter months bring a light windbreaker or sweater.


Included

  • Leisurly 1/4 mile farm walking tour
  • Friendly family owned tour guide
  • Educational and entertaining presentation
  • Gourmet vanilla luncheon

Farm Tour Only Option

During booking, choose "Farm Tour Only" to skip the luncheon and just participate in the educational walking tour of the locally owned Vanilla Farm.

Price includes a welcome beverage of Vanilla Lemonade or Vanilla Ice Tea, the Vanilla Presentation, dessert and tour of the farm.


Duration

2 hours

Address

43-2007 Paauilo Mauka Rd. Paauilo Hawaii 96776


Cancellation Policy

24 hour Cancellation Policy. Events are non-refundable if cancelled within 24 hours of event start.