The festival also announces Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival Kā‘anapali, with the expansion of the festival to a total of three days on the island of Maui. With this addition, over 10,000 attendees are expected to participate in events on Hawai‘i Island, Maui, and O‘ahu for a two-week celebration of sustainable cuisine. Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival showcases the bounty of fresh ingredients and produce – sourced from local farmers, fishermen, and purveyors – available in the state of Hawai‘i through interactive dining experiences, cooking demonstrations, industry panels and hands-on events.
More than 100 internationally-renowned chefs and personalities including Tetsuya Wakuda from Tetsuya’s in Australia will participate in the 2015 Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival. This is the 5th year that Tetsuya has taken part in the festival.
Other chefs include,: Cat Cora (Cat Cora Inc., Los Angeles), Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka (MW Restaurant, Honolulu), Ed Kenney (TOWN, Honolulu), David LeFevre (MB Post, Manhattan Beach), Michael Mina (Mina), Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Waikiki, Honolulu), Nancy Oakes (Boulevard, San Francisco), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar, New York), Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger), Yuji Wakiya (Wakiya, Tokyo, Japan) and Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, New York) to name a few.
This year Tetsuya will be involved in the final event, ‘Beauty & the Feast’ to take place at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. The show starts with a craft cocktail, specialty beer, and wine by renowned vintners as you walk along the white sands lagoons of Ko Olina then twelve celebrity chefs will cook up some of the most spectacular dishes to create a feast fit for a king.
“The expansion of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival on Maui gives visitors the opportunity to participate in an entire weekend of new and immersive culinary activities, including a golf tournament hosted by celebrity chefs and winemakers,” says the festival’s Executive Director Denise Yamaguchi. “Our goal is to have an extensive roster of culinary events in every location so that travellers can plan their vacations to different islands and still have access to a full range of festival experiences.”
Festival proceeds will benefit the Hawai‘i Agriculture Foundation, Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Hawaii Community College Culinary Arts Program, Hawai‘i Farm Bureau, Hawaii Seafood Council, Honolulu Zoo Society, Leeward Community College Culinary Program, Maui County Farm Bureau, Maui Culinary Academy, Paepae o He‘eia, and Papahana Kuaola.
Tickets to the Pacific’s premier culinary festival are now available for purchase. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.HFWF.me.