The 6th Annual Rice Fest at Ward Village

Food unites folks, and this weekend, people from a variety of cultures can come together and celebrate a humble and beloved grain. This year marks the 6th Annual Rice Fest and will be at Ward Village on September 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will take place at the Office Depot parking lot, behind the Ward Theater parking structure, at 340 Kamakee St.

“Rice Fest attendees will experience Hawaii’s culinary diversity via food demonstrations, entertainment, and more. This daily staple is transformed and infused with new and fantastic flavors that tantalize the taste buds,” says founder Ed Sugimoto.

Rice Fest is a free, one-day event, which explores the many different uses for rice, as well as the cultures that use it. Attendees are provided with a deeper appreciation for rice and its many manifestations.

Rice Fest will include live entertainment, celebrity and chef cooking competitions, and a SPAM musubi eating contest. Featured entertainment this year includes Heart & Soul, Honoka & Azita, the Ukulele Hale Super Kids, and more.

One of the primary initiatives for this event is to bring awareness to Lanakila Meals on Wheels, a program that helps to feed Hawaii’s hungry seniors. It will be accepting monetary and rice donations all day long at the Lanakila Pacific booth at the Rice Fest.

For more information, visit or find the event on Facebook, Twitter (@ricefest) and Instagram (@ricefest).

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