Food & Drink

Food & Drink
World-acclaimed chefs spotlight Hawai‘i’s unique ingredients.
Image: Courtesy Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Food & Drink / Hold off on that trip to Italy and Bali, and go self-discover at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, an indulgent affair dedicated to the two key ingredients of the age-old formula for happiness.

Food truck geniuses, James Beard Foundation awardees and celebrity chefs unite for a delicious weekend of wine tasting and savory dishes highlighting Hawaii’s bounty of local produce and seafood. More than 50 of the world’s top chefs will prepare a fresh, rich fare, including roasted Kona lobster with anchovy and marrow butter, ‘Ewa sweet corn, Ho Farms tomato and baby rocket and coconut pound cake with Hawaiian salt ice cream, pineapple and macadamia nuts.

“By showcasing Hawaii’s agriculture, we give our visitors and residents an opportunity to learn about where our food comes from,” says Chef Roy Yamaguchi.

The culinary event plays host to internationally renowned chefs, wine stewards and mixologists, including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman and Tony Abou-Ganim, creator of hundreds of original cocktails for the Las Vegas Bellagio’s 22 bars. Hawaii familiars like Town’s Ed Kenney, Chef Mavro and Mark Noguchi of Heeia Pier General Store and Deli will also bust out the local chops for this ultimate epicurean delight, which will take place at The Modern Honolulu, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Halekulani and Aulani hotels.

Go experience a mélange of East-West fusion, fresh farm-to-table cuisine and a lavish, seven-course meal prepared by chefs who have cooked for bigwigs from President Clinton to Robert De Niro.

Runs Thu., 9/6–Sun., 9/9, 6–9pm, $75-$500, [], 738-6245