The festival will feature 20 different events on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island. What began nine years ago as the brainchild of world-famous Hawaii chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong has grown exponentially. The inaugural event lasted three days. It now includes more than 100 world-class chefs, 40 winemakers, and 30 renowned cocktail mixologists from around the world. The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is now Hawaii’s largest food and wine event.
In addition to the obvious (world class food and wine, award-winning chefs and sommeliers), the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival now also features a twice-yearly print publication, Hashi Magazine.
“Hashi” is Japanese for chopsticks. The inaugural Fall 2019 issue features stories about restaurants, businesses, and personalities participating in the festival. Hashi is also accompanied by an online edition, Hashilife.com.
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Hashi can also mean “bridge”, and the festival has serves as an effective way to bridge cultural and demographic gaps with food, wine, and entertainment. There is a children’s program and a variety of demonstrations, workshops and tastings on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island.
The festival has also published a cookbook, Taste Our Love for the Land, which features recipes and insights of 31 famous participants in the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.
The list of guest chefs participating in the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival reads like a who’s-who of dozens of Hawaii’s most lauded culinary geniuses, as well as many others from all over the Unites States, Japan, and China.
Winemakers from famous wine regions of the US are joined by legendary masters from France, Italy, Australia. Mixologists from Honolulu favorites like Bar Leather Apron (Justin Park), Pint & Jigger (Dave Newman), Bevy (Christian Self), and Nobu Honolulu (Alicia Yamachika).
What all of this means for visitors to Hawaii in October is that this may just be the absolute best time of year to experience what makes wining and dining in Hawaii such a unique experience. Locally grown meats, vegetables, and locally produced wines and spirits are taken to new heights by chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists who have made their mark in Michelin star quality establishments all over the world.
There are plenty of events for visitors to choose from, with a handful on Maui and on Oahu yet to come. Of course, it’s possible to take in as many of Hawaii Food & Wine Festival events as your Hawaii vacation schedule allows. But even just one of the many events will give visitors a look into Hawaii’s culinary culture and its prestigious place globally.
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