Governor Neil Abercrombie launched the fourth annual Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival (HFWF) set for August 29 – September 7, 2014 by officially opening ticket sales and proclaiming the week “Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival Week” in advance, in recognition of the festival as the next agricultural and culinary movement in Hawaii. He made the announcement at the State Capitol to a group of officials from the tourism, agriculture, education and restaurant industries, including the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hawaiian Airlines and participating hotel partners. A concurrent resolution was also passed by the Hawai‘i State Legislature to declare HFWF the next agricultural and culinary movement in the State of Hawai‘i.
“The Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival brings together interests in tourism, agriculture, education, culinary arts, culture and sustainability to promote the Aloha State as a culinary destination and create new opportunities to build relationships extending beyond Hawai‘i’s shores,” said Governor Abercrombie. “Dishes and selections highlight the islands’ bounty of produce and creativity, supporting local restaurants and farmers while adding value to the overall experience, attracting loyal visitors back to Hawai‘i year after year.”
The Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine (HRC) movement started more than 23 years ago with 12 chefs making a commitment to work with local farmers and drive diversified agriculture. Today, the HFWF builds on the HRC movement by bringing chefs, wine producers and spirit makers from around the world alongside tourism, education, culture, environment and sustainability efforts to ensure that Hawai‘i maintains a healthy and vibrant economy for future generations.
“The Festival takes the HRC to the next level with a commitment from so many more partners pledging to do more to promote our State as a world-class destination where visitors come for the best dining, accommodations, cultural and vacation experiences,” said Chef Roy Yamaguchi, co-chair of the HFWF and HRC chef. “Through the proclamation and resolution, the Governor and Legislature recognize the efforts of all of us working together as the “next” agricultural and culinary movement.”
The 2014 Festival will feature a roster of more than 80 internationally-renowned chefs and culinary personalities from Hawai‘i, U.S. mainland, and around the globe. The Festival will draw over 8,000 attendees on Maui, O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island for an unforgettable two weeks of dining experiences.
Each participating chef will showcase their culinary talents and offer dishes inspired by the State’s enviable bounty of locally sourced produce, seafood, beef and poultry. “Taste our Love for the Land” is HFWF’s overarching message along with promoting the return of sustainability to Hawai‘i.
“HRC had a profound effect on the industry, and through the HFWF we are now able to share the diversity of our bounty with internationally-acclaimed chefs from around the world,” said Chef Alan Wong, HFWF co-chair and HRC chef. “This year we are proud to host 80 chefs, including four Iron Chefs and 22 James Beard Award winners.”
The HFWF has also been able to provide more than $700,000 in net proceeds from the Festival to beneficiaries that include the Hawai‘i Agriculture Foundation, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Leeward Community College Culinary Program, Paepae o He‘eia, Papahana Kuaola, Hawai‘i Culinary Education Foundation, Hawaii Seafood Council, Maui Culinary Academy, and the Maui County Farm Bureau.
Tickets are now on sale on the HFWF’s official website at HawaiiFoodandWineFestival.com. Please check the HFWF website for a complete listing of daytime and evening events. Highlights of this year’s seven signature events along with featured chefs are listed below:
Friday, August 29, 2014
Aloha ‘Aina, Aloha Kai – Love of the Land, Love of the Sea
At the Waikoloa Beach Resort, featuring Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Hilton Waikoloa Village – Waikoloa, Hawai‘i
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Ticket Price: $250/VIP $500
The Festival launches its 2014 events on Hawai‘i Island, the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, which is abundant with fertile agricultural lands that produce local beef, seafood and produce. The exclusive six-course gala will be held on the volcanic grounds of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort featuring products grown on Hawai‘i Island.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Kā‘anapali Kitchen Stadium Under a Maui Moon
At the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa – Kā‘anapali, Maui
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Ticket Price: $250/VIP $500
Take a first row seat at the beach-front Kitchen Stadium as master chefs prepare a six course menu under the Maui moonlight at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa’s open-air Napili Gardens.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
A Lucky MODERN Buddha Belly
At The Modern Honolulu – Honolulu, O‘ahu
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Ticket Price: $200/VIP $300
The first event held on Oʻahu, A Lucky MODERN Buddha Belly puts a spotlight on Hawai‘i’s unique location as a culinary hub of the Pacific where East meets West. 14 esteemed international chefs showcase dishes inspired by the Lucky Buddha who is known for happiness, plenitude, and wisdom of contentment.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Fourth Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Series: Chefs Who Cook to Compete
At Halekulani – Honolulu, O‘ahu
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Ticket Price: $1,000
The Fourth Annual Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Series: Chefs Who Cook to Compete will feature some of the most competitive chefs in the world plating up a lavish six-course dining experience. These master chefs are familiar with competition and will “wow” guests with an evening of elegant fine dining and extraordinary wine pairings.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Hawaiian Airlines Presents Corks and Forks
At Hawai‘i Convention Center – Honolulu, O‘ahu
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Ticket Price: $225/VIP $500
This event pairs 20 of the most world-renowned celebrity chefs with 20 top-tier vintners and winemakers for a unforgettable grand tasting of finely crafted dishes to be paired with top of the barrel, reserve wines from Napa Valley on the rooftop of the Hawai‘i Convention Center.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Battle of the Brunch Showdown
At Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa – Honolulu, O‘ahu
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Ticket Price: $95
Three female master chefs will be paired with three of their male counterparts to cook up some of the most creative, delightful and tasty breakfast-lunch dishes for a battle of the brunch on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Guests will be asked to judge each dish and determine the winning duo in the first Battle of the Brunch.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
It’s a Food World After All
At Ko Olina Resort featuring Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa – Ko Olina, O‘ahu
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Ticket Price: $200/VIP $500
The finale event takes place on the beach as the sun sets along O‘ahu’s western shore. Sixteen celebrity chefs will prove that the easiest way to win most hearts and minds is through the stomach as they showcase their talents connecting the world through food and culture.
About Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival
The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 80 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. Proceeds support local beneficiaries committed to sustainability and cultural and educational programs in Hawai‘i.
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