Racing pigs come to suburbia Saturday as the Ultimate Farmers Market takes over a section of the parking lot at Hawaii Kai Towne Center.
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Pig races involve four pigs running from the center of a pen to their appointed corners, urged on by competing coaches waving edible incentives. The pigs will come from Ernest Adaniya's commercial pig farm in Waianae to be part of a day celebrating the bounty of Oahu's farms.
The Oahu Tri-County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the event, to include pony rides, plant and livestock exhibits, a keiki tent and a plant doctor to help diagnose your growing problems.
The market is also a major shopping opportunity: Herbs, fruit trees, orchids and other plants will be for sale, as well as made-in-Hawaii products and grown-in-Hawaii produce, fresh off the farms that day.
And for eaters:Sample dishes cooked up by chefs Roy Yamaguchi (Roy's), D.K. Kodama (Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar), Doug Lum (Mariposa), Philippe Padovani (Padovani's Bistro & Wine Bar), Eberhardt Kirschner (Michel's at Colony Surf), and more.
The pairing of produce and chef will be showcased, with many farmers setting up displays next to the chefs who are preparing their fruits or vegetables.
As for the pig races, if you'd like to be a coach, sign up at the site. You'll be given a choice of "lures" -- things pigs like to eat -- and assigned one of the heats to take place throughout the day. Top prize is a neighbor-island trip on Aloha Airlines. For the coach, not the pig.
The market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, with scrip sold for food and other purchases. Call 783-1926.
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