The Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
Every year, food, wine, and cheese aficionados gather at the Kapalua Resort in Maui to celebrate the best of the culinary industry at the annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. One of the longest-running events of its kind in Hawaii, the four-day extravaganza promises an enticing selection of wine seminars and tastings, culinary demonstrations, and gala events, put on by celebrated chefs, top sommeliers, and world-renowned winemakers. The event kicks off with The Grand Tasting, featuring over 100 wines as well as cuisine from The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, and culminates with the Kapalua Seafood Festival, a compilation of seafood dishes from restaurants and chefs from the islands, as well as world-class wines.
The 28th annual event, "Carnival," was hosted by Master Sommelier Fred Dame, a Chairman Emeritus of the Court of Sommeliers U.S., who indulged guests' palates with a big, bold and intense array of fine wines as well as interactive seminars. Lush Pinot Noirs were explored at the Psycho Pinots wine tasting and Gary Pisoni of Lucia Vineyards showed off fine wines at the One Crazy Wine Night dinner. Kent Torrey of The Cheese Shop in Carmel Valley, CA, impressed the palates of the attendees with his popular specialty cheeses tasted alongside wines from a region where "glacier outbursts" occurred over 15,000 years ago.