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It’s known as the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific, an annual festival co-founded by Chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong.
The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival started with an event on Maui last weekend and has been going on all week long, with wine tastings, cooking demos, and field trips.
They’re some of the biggest names in food world.
19 celebrity chefs from Hawaii, the mainland, and around the globe are here in Hawaii to create gastronomic delights showcasing local ingredients.
“Lobsters from the Big Island, tomatoes from here, all my herbs are from the island,” Chef Chris Cosentino Said.
“The true essence of what we do is to cook with what we have, and that’s what cooking is about,” says Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi.
“Mr. Kenney cooked this amazing sandwich with nori and poi. It was just amazing, and tasted like a desert and savory, just delicious,” attendee Sherrie Straus Fogel said.
At $200 a ticket, folks could eat to their hearts content, sampling not only food but also wine. Almost a dozen wineries represented.
“It’s really a treat. I look forward to it every year,” Fogel said.
There are two more events on Sunday, including the festival finale tomorrow night on the beach in Ko Olina.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Hawaii Agriculture Foundation, The Culinary Institute of the Pacific, and several other culinary programs throughout the state.
Sunday, September 8: “Savory Every After” 6:00-9:00 p.m. Ko Olina Resort
The finale event featuring 14 world-renowned chefs creating a culinary tour of ethnic foods from around the world.
Featured chefs include:
- Kevin Chong, ‘AMA’AMA at Aulani-Ko Olina, Oahu
- Josiah Citrin, Melisse-Santa Monica, California
- Michael Ginor, Hudson Valley Foie Gras-New York City, New York
- Jason Kina, JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa-Ko Olina, Oahu
- Nancy Silverton, Mozza-Los Angeles, California
- Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger-Wellesley, Massachusetts
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com