Hawaii’s sixth annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival kicks-off in a few weeks on the Valley Isle. Some of the world’s most celebrated chefs, mixologists and wine & spirit producers, will converge on Maui, Oahu and Hawaii Island October 14-30.
Here’s a look at some of the featured Maui events:
Grown on Maui (Farmer’s Market)
Saturday, October 15
Whaler’s Village (FREE ADMISSION)
Scandal! The Dark and Stormy Underbelly of Cocktails (seminar/lunch)
Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
Features Jen Ackrill, noted mixologist from Sky Waikiki, and Aaron Alcala-Mosley of Fairmont Kea Lani, collaborating to “take you through time and history to discover some of the greatest scandals in cocktail history.”
Jen’s featured cocktail is called the Sunset at China Walls. Here’s a preview:
“We thought something that was along the lines of cool history and nerdy stuff that you could take to a cocktail party and tell to your friends, was fun,” Ackrill said.
They will feature two classic cocktails during the seminar, The Painkiller and the Dark ‘N Stormy. Guests will learn to make their own cocktails and enjoy lunch by Executive Chef Francois Milliet featuring Foie Gras Torchon, Chilean Seabass and Chocolate Spoon Cake for dessert.
Kaanapali A Chef’s Paradise
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Features 13 chef’s considered “the best of the best” in America, including Maui’s own Bev Gannon from Bev Gannon Restaurants Maui, Isaac Bancaco from Andaz Maui and Greg Gaspaer from the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, in addition to culinary masters: Graham Elliot, Elizabeth Falkner and Ming Tsai to name a few.
Here’s what critically acclaimed MW Restaurant Pasty Chef, Michelle Karr-Ueoka is planning:
“What I am making is a play on shave ice, which is traditionally served with a sugary kind of syrup. Instead, I am doing an AffoMisu Shave Ice which is Affogato Tiramisu meets shave ice,” Karr-Ueoka said. “One day I was craving Affogato and Tiramisu, and I told my uncle that would be something if I combined the two and make shave ice. I like to think of the desserts that I grew up with and add a contemporary twist to it.”
“I like to see what the other chef’s are doing first and then I do the opposite, so you have one fruit and one chocolate or coffee,” she adds. “It’s exciting to be a part of this festival, it’s such an honor, I have always wanted to meet Lincoln Carson so it’s nice to be part of an event with him.”
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
This six-course dinner highlights six of the finest chefs from Tokyo, New York, Philadelphia, Arizona and Maui.
For more information on the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit aimed at supporting education, tourism, local farmers, ranchers and fishermen, click here.Follow @mauiwatch
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