23 Jun 2017

Talent Lineup and Ticket Sales Announced for Seventh Annual Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival

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Celebrated Chefs, Rare Wines, & Top Mixologists Headline #HFWF17

HONOLULU, HI (June 2, 2017) – More than one hundred world-class chefs, fifty winemakers, and a dozen mixologists will bring their talents together in paradise for the seventh annual Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival (HFWF). The premier epicurean event in the Pacific will showcase Hawai‘i cuisine and culture with a star-studded lineup for 16 events on Maui, Hawai‘i Island and O‘ahu from October 20-November 5, 2017. #HFWF17 boasts first time and returning talent, new event themes, and wines that are rarely poured at festivals with a two-week long spotlight on Hawai‘i as a culinary destination.

“The star power from our own backyard and afar for our seventh annual festival will bring visitors and media to Hawai‘i for a world-class food and wine event,” says HFWF Chief Executive Officer Denise Yamaguchi. “We know that 25 percent of all Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival ticket buyers come from the U.S. mainland and abroad. Media exposure of Hawai‘i’s unique culinary and agricultural experiences attracts visitors who are interested in food as a way to connect to the land, the culture, and the people.”

The Festival celebrates the bounty of locally caught, grown or raised ingredients by inviting culinary masters to create dishes from a list of 150 local products. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, HFWF17 will attract more than 100 internationally-renowned culinary personalities including: Michelle Bernstein, Josiah Citrin, Graham Elliot, Jose Garces, Tim Hollingsworth, Nobu Matsuhisa, Masaharu Morimoto, Niki Nakayama, Nancy Silverton and Ming Tsai.

HFWF will welcome for the first time Château Cos d’Estournel, a coveted French wine that rarely participates in food and wine festivals along with other draws for wine connoisseurs such as Opus One and Caymus Vineyards. Featured Mixologists include local star Justin Park of Bar Leather Apron and returning festival favorites Tony Abou-Ganim (The Modern Mixologist, Las Vegas) and Julie Reiner (Clover Club & Leyenda, New York City).

The Festival boosts Hawai‘i’s reputation as a culinary destination with prominent national media coverage valued at $12 million. In May, Co-Founder Roy Yamaguchi hosted media including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Food Network, and Eater New York to private dinners while Co-Founder Alan Wong led a culinary cruise from New York to Iceland. “Our job is to promote the State of Hawai‘i to the rest of the world through food,” says Yamaguchi.

Now in its seventh year, HFWF has expanded from a 3-day festival with 30 chefs in Waikiki to the State’s largest food and wine event with more than 100 chefs featured across three islands.

Maui: October 20-22
The festival starts October 20-22, 2017 on Maui with Roy’s 20th Annual Golf Classic at Kā‘anapali Golf Course, Global Street Food brings 13 top chefs to Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and Hawaiian Airlines Presents Lucky 7 features 7 culinary masters at The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Hawai‘i Island: October 28
The festival moves to Hawai‘i Island for The Return of Cuisines of the Sun starring 7 master chefs at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on October 28, 2017.

O‘ahu: November 1-5
Kamehameha Schools Presents Raw & Wild Marketplace comes to Our Kaka‘ako on November 1st. THE MODERN HONOLULU hosts Spice Market with 13 global talents on November 2nd. Hawaiian Airlines Presents Uncorked welcomes 20 top chefs and 20 top wines on November 3rd to the Hawai‘i Convention Center. That’s followed by an after-party, 7-Eleven Presents Steamy Bowls at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. Weekend events include Taste of the Seasons on November 4th featuring a VIP dinner with 5 culinary masters and a grazing event on the sands of Ko Olina with 12 top talents hosted by Ko Olina Resort with Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina. The Halekulani will also host two wine seminars. The Festival concludes on November 5th with HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen Family Sunday at Bishop Museum, Food Fight & Bloody Mary’s featuring 6 top chefs at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, and the grand finale seven course dinner Saks Fifth Avenue Presents Halekulani Culinary Masters Gala.

You can view the complete schedule and lineup and buy tickets at www.HFWF.me. An estimated 10-thousand people are expected to attend #HFWF17. Since its 2011 launch, HFWF has raised 1.7 million dollars for the State’s agricultural and culinary programs. Stay connected with the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival via www.HFWF.me or follow HFWF on Twitter/Instagram @HIFoodWineFest and Facebook at hawaiifoodandwinefestival. #HFWF17

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 100 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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