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Hawaii Food & Wine Fest to showcase love for the land

Source: usatoday.com; Festival & Events guide

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Having planted its flag in Oahu and Maui, the 2014 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (Aug. 29-Sept. 7) is expanding to include a third Hawaiian island. Now in its fourth year, the festival will begin with its first-ever visit to the Big Island; the Aloha' Aina, Aloha Kai ("love of land, love of sea") gala will treat guests to a six-course feast on the volcanic grounds of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort. Also new to this year's festival will be the presence of children; Keiki in the Kitchen: Food, Fitness, Family and Fun will feature chef demos, a farmers market, educational booths and fitness activities.

As indicated by its theme, "Taste our Love for the Land", Hawaii's biggest annual culinary event takes the farm-to-table approach to another level by having all participating chefs use locally–sourced produce and ingredients. This allows locals to see what big-name mainlanders such as Michelle Bernstein, Charles Phan and Andy Ricker will be inspired to create using the local tropical bounty. Leading chefs from as far as Australia and Japan populate the festival's events, the majority of which take place in Hawaii's largest city, Honolulu.

The festival program provides out-of-towners with an ideal introduction to Hawaii's diverse culinary scene; the roster of local participants reads like a who's who among the state's chefs. Many members of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement will be on hand, including the festival's legendary co-founders, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong.

Organizers smartly incorporate Hawaii's world-class scenery throughout the program; locales include the breezy roof of the Hawaii Convention Center and the stunning beach of the Ko Olina Resort (home to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa).

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