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September 7, 2018

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival Maui Events

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival expands its reach on Maui this year with the addition of a fourth event—Keiki in the Kitchen Kā‘anapali on Oct. 21. Set in picturesque Kā‘anapali, the festival offers something for everyone, from a chance for kids to meet famous chefs and taste Kula-grown tomatoes to an indulgent sit-down feast under the stars for discerning adults. Maui is clearly a food destination.

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival Roy's 21st Annual Golf Classic
The festival kicks off—or rather tees off—its run on the Valley Isle with its Roy’s 21st Annual Golf Classic on Friday, Oct. 19. Created by chef Roy Yamaguchi to benefit IMUA Family Services, the event has raised more than $850,000 for the organization that helps children and families in Maui County. Corporate teams, chefs, PGA pros and volunteers all band together for a day of fun on Kā‘anapali’s Royal Course, where food and beverage stations are strategically set up along the way. This year players will enjoy bites by such chefs as Abby Ferrer, new executive chef of Star Noodle, Joey Macadangdang of Joey’s Kitchen, and pro surfer-turned-chef Tom Muromoto of Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel as they make their way through the links. Then players go from the course to Roy’s Kā‘anapali for an awards ceremony and sumptuous sit-down dinner with chef Roy Yamaguchi himself. Kā‘anapali pro David Havens and his team have won the last three years—Golf Classic regulars are wondering if he’ll ever be beat!
 
Spiked!, Oct. 20, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
At the walk-around event Spiked!, on Oct. 20 at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, chefs will show off their spice and seasoning skills. With that in mind, the heavy-hitter chef lineup includes three pioneers of spice-rich Southwestern Cuisine—Robert Del Grande of Café Annie in Houston, Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas, and Stephan Pyles of Flora Street Café in Dallas. Also in the mix is headline-grabbing chef Brandon Jew, who mixes traditional Chinese cuisine with contemporary California ingredients at his Mr. Jiu’s in San Francisco. On the wine front, Salvatore Ferragamo, who is part of the famed luxury shoemaking family, will be on hand pouring his acclaimed Il Borro wines. And top Hawai‘i bartenders Chandra Lucariello, Kyle Reutner, Jason Vendrell, and Alicia Yamachika will be shaking up signature craft cocktails.
 
Keiki in the Kitchen Kā‘anapali, Oct. 21, Whalers Village
This year, the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival’s popular Keiki in the Kitchen® event makes its Maui debut Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Whalers Village in Kā‘anapali. Headlining the free event is perky YouTube baking star Rosanna Pansino, known for her series Nerdy Nummies. She will lead two cupcake-decorating sessions for kids—at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.—using her signature unicorn cupcake decorating kits (the activity is limited to the first 120 children who arrive). Pansino joins 17 celebrity chef guests for a day of food and fun for the whole family. The many activities for kids include making grab-and-go snacks with Monkeypod Kitchen, screenprinting with Crazy Shirts, tomato tasting with Kula farmer Justin Teixiera, and crafts with Ben Franklin. At a photobooth, kids can have their picture taken with world-famous chefs. See the full schedule.
 
Symphony of Flavors, Oct. 21, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Seven chefs will make hearts sing with a six-course sit-down dinner on a grand terrace overlooking Kā‘anapali Beach. Diners can watch each sumptuous dish being prepared by an all-star lineup behind the counter of the “Kitchen Stadium” that Hyatt Regency Maui creates just for this event. Virtuoso Maui-based violinist Don Lax will fill the air with the classics. James Beard Foundation Award–winning Blaine Wetzel of Willows Inn on Lummi Island returns to the festival, joining David LeFevre of Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach and Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans, along with Hawai‘i’s own Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush of Senia, Michelle Karr-Ueoka of MW Restaurant and Greg Grohowski of Hyatt Regency Maui.

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