Malki Museum Events

The Agave Harvest - April 2nd, 2016

The Agave Roast - April 9th, 2016

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The Agave Harvest and Roast is an annual event sponsored by the Malki Museum. It is held on two consecutive Saturdays in mid- to late-April, when the Agave plants were traditionally gathered. The agave or amul was a basic food staple for the Cahuilla and Kumeyaay Indians of Southern California.

The harvested agave is brought back to the Malki Museum for the Agave Roast, held the following Saturday. The agave hearts are cooked in a traditional roasting pit and served with other customary Native foods. There are also a variety of demonstrations throughout the day from native plant usage to pottery making.

Harvest:

Reservations Recommended: Please call (951) 849 7289

Cost: $10 donation appreciated
Bring with you: sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, and leather gloves (if you would like to help harvest the agave)
Location: Cahuilla Tewanet Overlook on the Palms to Pines Highway (Hwy. 74)

Directions:
Cahuilla Tewanet Overlook:

From Los Angeles Area:

From Interstate 10 east, exit 8th street, turn right to Lincoln, turn left to San Gorgonio, turn right and head up the mountain highway 243 toward Idyllwild, Turn Left on highway 74 at Mountain Center and continue for approximately 24 miles.

From Hemet:

Take Highway 74 East past Mountain Center toward Palm Desert. The Overlook is approximately 40 miles from Hemet.

From Desert:

Take Highway 111 South. Turn South on Monterey Avenue which becomes Highway 74 (West) and continue for approximately 9 miles.
Overlook is on the left side of the highway.

Roast:

Reservations Recommended: Please call (951) 849-7289
Cost: Free admission, $10 donation per plate of food
Location: Malki Museum, 11795 Malki Road, Morongo Reservation, Banning

For more information, please contact the museum.