Ninth Annual Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival / Seven million cans of Spam products are eaten every year in Hawaii. If Aspen is known for its Food and Wine Classic and San Francisco for its Street Food Festival, Honolulu’s claim to fame may be its Spam Festival, the Waikiki Spam Jam, now in its 9th year and expected to attract 20,000 attendees.
There will be Spam Mahi Carbonara, Spam Okonomiyaki, and perhaps the most intriguing/never-seen-that-before/bordering-on-questionable/without a doubt-uniquely-Hawaii items: OnoPops Saimin Pop and Candied Spam Ice Cream Pop. The Saimin Pop is made with frozen honey-sweetened dashi, sliced green onion, tiny cubes of Spam and kamaboku, but no noodles, “’cause that would be ‘gross’,” says OnoPops popsicle alchemist Josh Welch. (This quote came via email, so one can’t tell if there’s a trace of irony there.)
The Candied Spam Ice Cream Pop is practically traditional by comparison, a riff on candied bacon ice cream. “I had wanted to adopt Heston Blumenthal’s infamous bacon and egg ice cream recipe for Spam, but my brother convinced me [otherwise]”, says Welch.
Sure, it’s a bit crazy, but that’s what we love about OnoPops, and so far, we’ve never met an OnoPop we didn’t like. Perhaps there’s Saimin Pops in our futures.Ninth Annual Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival, Saturday, 4/30, 4-10 pm, Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki