HŌLUALOA, Hawai’i – On Saturday, September 24, the Donkey Mill Art Center will hold its 15th Cool Fusion: Festival of 1000 Bowls at the Mill’s campus in Hōlualoa from 11am – 5pm. The beloved community event allows guests the opportunity to handpick “their very own perfect bowl” from a variety of over 1,000 one of a kind locally made ceramic bowls and other hand thrown wares.
This year’s event honors Hawaiʻi Island’s ties to the Korean community. In celebration, all attendees will receive a helping of freshly made bibimbap served in a ceramic bowl of their choice which they may keep. This Korean gluten free, vegetarian meal includes white rice topped with vegetables, kimchi, savory sauce and an egg. Those looking for a vegan option can skip the egg. The traditional staple dish will be made using a recipe from volunteer chef and Korean cultural advisor, Grace Jang. Mama Grace is the mother of Donkey Mill board member and local architect designer, Miran Jang.
The family-friendly event will feature live music by Blue Jade starring Ann Hoku Lynn featuring Binti Bailey with additional music provided by DJ Moose. There will also be a live ceramic demo by visiting artist-in-residence Yeonsoo Kim.
”It’s been nearly three years since we’ve been able to gather and hold this event in its original form. Local artists have spent countless hours producing these one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls for the event. We cannot wait to see the wide assortment of bowls lining the tables (my favorite part!) and the many faces deciding which bowl to choose, or better yet, which bowl will choose you!” said the Mill’s Interim Executive Director, Ashley Raymond.