09 Aug 2016

Bigger and Better: 6th annual affair spans three weekends on three islands with 100 famous chefs

Bigger and Better: 6th annual affair spans three weekends on three islands with 100 famous chefs

Source: mauinews.com

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival

Make room, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit, Pizzafest Italy, and Savour Singapore. The sixth annual Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival is joining the ranks of some of the premier food festivals on the planet.

More than 100 of the top names in the world of chef, wine and cocktail biz are headed to the islands for the HFWF. And this year, it’s looming large like Haleakala, bigger and better than ever before.

Culinary masters from East and West and right here in the middle, such as Ming Tsai, Dean Fearing, Celestino Drago and Nancy Oakes, will be cooking up a storm over three weekends starting Friday on Maui, then moving to Oahu and Hawaii Island to showcase isle cuisine and culture.

Highlights include an after-party cook-off between the world’s premier ramen chefs; Best of Eat the Street food trucks at a free family event; and Keiki in the Kitchen to be hosted by Ko Olina resort for the first time, expected to draw over 3,000 people to the sunny West Oahu beaches.

“We’re looking forward to entering the sixth year of the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival, providing locally inspired events that reflect the global presence and connectedness of Hawaiian cuisine in the wider culinary community,” says HFWF co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Denise Yamaguchi, who is based on Oahu.

“Our lineup this year boasts talented chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and purveyors from our own backyard, as well as from all around the world, who share in our commitment to sustainability and passion for showcasing the food and agriculture of our state.”

HFWF not only celebrates the bounty of locally caught, grown or raised ingredients with a three-weekend-long epicurean extravaganza, but it benefits isle culinary schools and numerous other nonprofits, too.

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