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September 25, 2018

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Online Auction Now Live

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) is pleased to announce its annual online auction is now open and runs through Oct. 29. The auction is open to the general public and people can peruse the more than 200 items and make bids at www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

The online auction has something for every interest and budget, but of course there is an emphasis on great food and wine experiences across the country. One highlight is dinner for two and a one-night stay at the acclaimed Willows Inn on Washington’s Lummi Island. The inn’s James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Blaine Wetzel makes his second appearance at the festival this year, cooking at its signature Maui event Symphony of Flavors at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa on Oct. 21.

“I enjoy being able to support the culinary endeavors of the next generation,” says Wetzel. “Being a part of this festival is always fun and it is great knowing the work we do here will go towards helping the culinary students in Hawai‘i.”

Other singular dining experiences include a chef’s table dinner at southwestern cuisine pioneer Dean Fearing’s eponymous Dallas restaurant; a degustation menu and wine pairing at Tetsuya’s in Sydney, Australia; a 13-course kaiseki dinner for two at Niki Nakayama’s pioneering n/naka in Los Angeles; a fun Sumo Dog picnic for 12 in Los Angeles; a tour of the Honolulu Fish Auction and breakfast at Nico’s at Pier 38 for six; and a jet-set eating package of a trip for two to New York on Hawaiian Airlines and dinner at Floyd Cardoz’s The Bombay Bread Bar.

There are exciting non-food experiences too, such as two tickets to a 2019-2010 regular season Atlanta Falcons game courtesy of King’s Hawaiian, a fishing trip for 10 aboard the Maui Jim boat, and two club seats to a Tennessee Titans home game from the Marcus Mariota Motiv8 Foundation.

And there are plenty of ways to enjoy Hawai‘i, with getaways to such island destinations as Halekulani, The Laylow Waikiki, the Ritz-Carlton Residence in Waikiki, Na Pili Kai Beach Resort, Travaasa Hana, Fairmont Orchid, and Kauai Marriott Resort, to name just a few.

“As a nonprofit, we are able to bolster our annual giving to Hawai‘i’s culinary programs and agricultural organizations thanks to the online auction,” says HFWF co-founder and co-chair Alan Wong. “We are grateful to our sponsors, participating talent, and many businesses in Hawai‘i and around the world that generously donate to this key fundraising source.”

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