Hawaii Culinary Events
Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Hawaii. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Hawaii. We've also got the latest Hawaii Restaurant News and Wine Events.
Honoring Hawai‘i’s beloved canned meat, the Waikiki Spam Jam is a festive annual street festival. Held along Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue, the event will feature food (with, of course, Spam!) and family-friendly entertainment. There will also be merchandise tents offering Spam-themed clothing and other items. The event, which begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., benefits the Hawai‘i Foodbank. Admission is free. For more information, visit Waikiki Spam Jam's website
The East Maui Taro Festival was born out of a desire to allow farmers and locals alike to network and share their love for taro, a Hawaiian diet staple. Visitors enjoy island cuisine emphasizing the taro root from local chefs and can even try their hand at pounding taro into traditional poi. For more information, visit East Maui Taro Festival's website
At the annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, guests can sample sample wines at seminars and tastings, try delectable regional Hawaiian cuisine and a bounty of seafood fresh from the Pacific, play a round of golf against master sommeliers and winemakers, and much more against the background of the scenic oceanic views of The Kapalua Resort. Tickets for select events are available to purchase à la carte. For more information, visit the official website
October 20-November 5
Go on a culinary adventure in a tropical paradise at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival! This year marks the event's seventh anniversary. For more information, visit the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival official website
Orchids at the Halekulani offers afternoon tea service, which is in addition to the hotel's current afternoon tea being served in the Veranda. There are three tea packages: classic afternoon tea for $36; Champagne and afternoon tea for $49; and celebratory afternoon tea, which includes Champagne and a special cake for $56. All prices are per person. Book by calling Dining Reservations at 808-923-2311. Orchids, Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-923-2311.
The Polynesian Cultural Center cooking demonstrations early in the afternoon. Guests will learn to cook the Samoan way, using sticks, stones, leaves, husks, coconut milk, taro and fish. For more information, visit the official website or call 800-367-7060. Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy., Laie, HI 96762, 800-367-7060.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea provides an "Ultimate Dinner" upon request. This private dinner for two, which must be requested 24 hours in advance, is personally tailored in consultation with the chef and staged outside overlooking Wailea Beach. This experience starts at $1,450 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. Pricing is also available for parties of three or more. For more information, call the hotel or visit the official website. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753, 808-874-8000, 800-334-6284.
Every Tuesday, Bar 35 offers the combination of any of its specialty pizzas and a bottle of wine or pitcher of beer for $25. Some of the popular pizzas include the "Gyromatic," which is topped with lamb and beef gyro meat, tzatziki sauce, romaine lettuce, tomato sauce and mozzarella; and the "Sweet Bangkok," with Chinese sausage, sweet chili sauce, cilantro, tomato sauce and mozzarella. Vegetarians can enjoy the "Veggielicious," topped with fresh zucchini and mushrooms, olives, tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil and sesame oil. Bar 35, 35 N. Hotel St., Honolulu, HI 96817, 808-537-3535.
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