Food and storytelling part of ‘festa’

The Portuguese Association of Maui will present its annual Festa Portuguesa Maui (Maui Portuguese Festival) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Hall, 401 Baldwin Ave. in Paia. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The Heritage Hall chorale will open the program with anthems and a Portuguese hymn. A culinary demonstration will follow, featuring alcatra, a dish from the island of Terceira in the Azores, consisting of beef baked in clay pots with garlic, wine and allspice. Colleen Lopes will demonstrate bread-making techniques in the afternoon. Free samples of alcatra and bread will be given to those in attendance, along with printed recipes.

Maui teacher, poet, author and playwright Wayne Moniz will be on hand to sign copies of his works and to read sections of them. Personal, funny and nostalgic memories of growing up on Maui in the 1960s and ’70s form the basis for “Boy in the Mango Tree,” his latest book.

Portuguese foods for sale at the festa include bean soup, malassadas, alcatra and codfish stew. A country store will feature pickled onions, chowchow, jellies, baked goods and handmade crafts. Products of Portugal include rosaries and medals from Fatima, along with caps, aprons, dish towels and CDs of Portuguese music.

Storytelling by Audrey Rocha Reed will focus on legends and folk tales of Portugal. Vendors wishing to sell their goods at festa can reserve tables at $30 each by calling 243-0065.

Forms for getting started on growing a family tree will be available at the festa, along with some genealogical data. On June 30, two docents from the Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii will conduct a free genealogy workshop at Heritage Hall.