Hawaii Food and Wine Festival takes culinary travelers on delicious adventure
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Culinary travelers seeking an inspiring adventure that offers a distinct sense of place, unforgettable food and wine experiences, and features more than 70 of the world’s best-known chefs all using the freshest island ingredients will find the Hawaiian islands their destination of choice this fall.
The 3rd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) set for September 1-9, 2013, is the premier epicurean gathering in the Pacific and this year’s festival is bigger and better than ever. With five signature evening events and educational daytime culinary experiences on both Oahu and Maui, the festival comes to life with a “who’s who” of internationally acclaimed master chefs, four master sommeliers, five mixologists, and more than ten top-tier winemakers from Hawaii, the mainland U.S., Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, and Australia.
Tickets are now on sale on the HFWF’s official website at hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
New chefs this year include Grant Achatz of Alinea (Chicago), Art Smith of Table fifty-two (Chicago), Chris Cosentino of Incanto (San Francisco), Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica (Los Angeles), Anita Lo of Annisa (New York), Floyd Cardoz of North End Grill (New York), Chris Kajioka of Vintage Cave (Honolulu), and Sheldon Simeon of Star Noodle (Maui).
Founded in 2011 and co-chaired by Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, two of Hawaii’s own James Beard award-winning chefs, the festival has grown immensely and achieved sold-out attendance at each event. Building on this success, HFWF has added a signature event on Maui that will enhance the festival’s overall experience.
“In partnership with the tourism industry, we created this festival to give travelers to Hawaii and residents alike an exciting and educational food festival featuring great chefs, winemakers, and event experiences that really capture the essence of the islands,” Yamaguchi said. “Our participants are required to use local ingredients found here in the Hawaiian Islands in the creation of their dishes. It’s a key element that sets our event apart from others across the country.”
Each participant will showcase their culinary talents using the Aloha State’s enviable bounty of locally sourced produce, seafood, beef and poultry, and offer innovative dishes inspired by the diverse culinary and cultural traditions of Hawaii.
Returning chefs include “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto Waikiki (Honolulu), Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu Waikiki (Honolulu), Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger (Wellesley, Mass.), Charles Phan of The Slanted Door (San Francisco), Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys (San Francisco), Nancy Silverton of Mozza (Los Angeles), Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar (New York), Celestino Drago of Drago Restaurant Group (Los Angeles), George Mavrothalassitis of Chef Mavro (Honolulu), Chai Chaowasaree of Chef Chai (Honolulu), and Ed Kenney of Town (Honolulu).
Sunday, September 8, 2013; Savory Ever After
Ko Olina Resort featuring Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa – Ko Olina, Oahu
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival finale will be held on the beach, in the sand as the sun sets along Oahu’s western coastline. Fourteen world-renowned chefs will create a culinary tour of ethnic foods from around the world using local produce and products. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. on the lagoon fronting Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa, and will end with a dazzling fireworks display.
Featured chefs include:
Kevin Chong, AMAAMA – Ko Olina, Oahu
Josiah Citrin, Mélisse – Santa Monica, Calif.
Celestino Drago, Drago Restaurant Group – Los Angeles
Dean Fearing, Fearing’s – Dallas
Michael Ginor, Hudson Valley Foie Gras – New York
Scott Higa, JW Marriott Ihilani – Ko Olina, Oahu
Michelle Karr-Ueoka, Alan Wong’s – Honolulu, Oahu
Raphael Lunetta, JiRaffe – Santa Monica, California
Elizabeth McDonald, Honu Seafood & Pizza – Lahaina, Maui
Richard Rosendale, The Greenbrier Resort – White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Nancy Silverton, Mozza – Los Angeles
Andrew Sutton, Napa Rose – Anaheim, California
Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger – Wellesley, Masschusetts
Ricardo Zarate, Mo-Chica – Los Angeles
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