Hawaii: Maui to join Oahu in third food and wine festival

Maui will join its Oahu sister with an event at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, set for Sept 1-9 this year. The culinary celebration is now in its third year.

More than 70 world-class chefs from Hawaii, the mainland and around the globe will show off their skills, incorporating only produce grown, raised or caught in Hawaii.

The Maui evening, Malama Maui, will take place Sept. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort on Kaanapali Beach. The meal will feature food grown on the island.

The list of participating chefs for the entire culinary event is headed by the festival’s founders, Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi. Both are Honolulu-based, James Beard Award-winning chefs.

The additions to this year’s lineup include Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica in Los Angeles. Returning chefs include L.A.’s Celestino Drago (Drago Restaurant Group) and Nancy Silverton (Mozza Restaurant Group).

There will be five signature evening events during the festival. They include “Under the Modern Moon: Morimoto & Friends” on Sept, 5 at The Modern Honolulu hotel and featuring Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

To accompany the food, four master sommeliers and about a dozen top-tier winemakers will guide guests through the finest vintages.

There will also be a variety of daily educational experiences with culinary themes.

Ticket prices vary by event. A full schedule of activities, venues and prices is available at the festival website.

Info: (808) 738-6245.

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