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Cool Fusion: Festival of 1000 Bowls
September 24, 2016| $20
Art, food and music meld to raise funds
Cool Fusion: Festival of 1000 Bowls combines ceramic, culinary and musical arts to benefit Holualoa’s Donkey Mill Art Center. In the months prior to the event, talented Hawaii Island artists volunteer on weekends to create, fire and glaze 1000 unique somen noodle bowls.
At the event, the finished, beautiful, one-of-a-kind bowls are arranged on tabletops where guests can make a personal selection before indulging in a hearty lunch of thin noodles, homemade broth and an array of colorful chopped veggies—carrots, cucumber, shitake mushrooms and ginger. Refills are complimentary and wheat or gluten-free options are available. Live entertainment accompanies the slurping of tasty noodles.
Attendees take home their chosen bowls. Additional ceramic pieces go for as little as $10 each, including vases and cups. Repeat attendees have personal bowl collections gathered from years of supporting the festival—which marks its 10th anniversary in 2016.
The Donkey Mill’s ceramic department offers year-round classes for children and adults in pottery and sculpture, as well as special workshops taught by visiting artists from around the world. A former coffee mill, the art center functions as a gathering place where people can develop through art education and experience.
Photo: Big Island Visitors Bureau
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