Take a Culinary TourMaui

Maui is the perfect place for foodies to indulge in some FARM-TO-TABLE ADVENTURES. (Perhaps that’s why Bravo’s hit culinary competition show “TOP CHEF” picked the VALLEY ISLE as the locale for its Season 11 finale?)

Getting the inside scoop on how chefs and restaurants around the island get their dishes to shine is a perfect way not only to explore Maui, but to learn more about how your food makes it to your plate. Who knows—maybe you’ll get some ideas on how to spruce up your own kitchen repertoire when you get home.

Tours are available through LOCAL TASTES OF MAUI (localtastesofmaui.com), which hosts tours of Lahaina, Kihei and more. HAWAII TASTING TOURS (hawaiistastingtours.com) also offers tours around the island. Many farms also have their own mini culinary excursion available; check with individual establishments for details. TIP: Consult with your concierge and the locals to discover which FINE-DINING ESTABLISHMENTS celebrate the bounty of the island on their menus. And for those wanting even more insight, CUSTOMIZED TOURS also are available.

PARADISE ECO-ADVENTURES also offers ADVENTURE TOURS that integrate an ORGANIC FARMING TOUR into every adventure. One of which takes tour takers through a USDA-certified organic farm tour of MAUI DRAGON FRUIT FARM with a knowledgeable guide. Learn about ancient agricultural practices and taste seasonally available fruits, such as pineapple, banana, sugarcane, papaya and, of course, dragon fruit.