The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is by far one of the best food events I’ve ever attended. Not only did I get to enjoy Hawaii’s best cuisine (prepared by world-renowened chefs), but I also got to soak up some major island culture (surfing, art, local joints!) as well.
If you’re a food lover planning a trip to Hawaii in September (2013), check out all the festival has to offer here. And do NOT miss the Saturday morning farmer’s market at Kapiolani Community College! (Links & Details Below)
Photos below from the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival:
Enter the MODERN Dragon: Morimoto & Friends (9/6/12):
In Chinese Astrology, 2012 is the year of the Dragon – the most powerful and auspicious of the 12 animal signs, bringing high energy and prosperity. Led by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, “Enter the MODERN Dragon” showcased foods prepared by twelve of the most esteemed international chefs from Asia and the Pacific.
Walking into the event at the Modern.
Chef Roy Choi.
Roy Choi’s Chubby Pork Belly Squares.
Looking down from upper level.
Butterfish with Spicy Radish by Sang Yoon.
Ginza Sour Cocktail
Chef Ming Tsai
With the one and only Iron Chef Morimoto!!!
Chef Morimoto’s Shrimp Taco.
Dragon pool at night. Note: I was born in 1964, Year of the Dragon. Fit right in!
Ming and Morimoto at the “Mix with the Masters” event. Food demos, talks and lunch! (9/7/12)
Morimoto’s beautiful sashimi display.
Chef Charles Phan (Slanted Door, San Francisco) brought a pho noodle bar.
Chef Josiah Citrin’s Kona Abalone, Grilled Cucumber and Sweet Onion & Squid Ink Puree ~ Sea Asparagus, Thai Basil and Chilled Cucumber Broth. From Farm to Table: A Makahiki Festival (9/8/12)
Ono Kine Malama Farm Berkshire Pork by Chef Ed Kenney
Beautiful evening for the Makahiki Festival!
Dinner at Miso and Ale was a terrific finale to my Honolulu visit! My favorite bite was the braised short rib w Okinawa purple potato!
A few places NOT to miss on your visit to Honolulu:
Rainbow Drive-in for a classic “Plate Lunch”. And yes, it comes with BOTH white rice AND macaroni salad!
Feel like experiencing local culture? Have dinner at Side Street Inn, and definitely order the Pan-Fried Island Pork Chops!
KCC Farmer’s Market. Eat lunch and buy treats to bring back home.
Surfing lessons… by Honolulu Firefighters!
Need a quick bite before surfing? Spam Musubi! Fort Ruger Market, Oahu
Photos from the opening night Rum Fire party here
Honolulu’s Art Scene 2012
All photos from Hawaii Food and Wine Festival 2012
2013 Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is September 1-8!
Many thanks to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau www.gohawaii.com, Oahu Visitors Bureau www.visit-oahu.com, and Hawaii Food & Wine Festival www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com for inviting and hosting me on this trip.