Food Calendar: Events from October 2012 through October 2013

Nov. 22, 2012 | 0 Comments
Chef Masaharu Morimoto, right, battled Ming Tsai in the 2011 Mix with the Masters cook-off, a daylong series of events that is part of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. --Craig T. Kojima /

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, right, battled Ming Tsai in the 2011 Mix with the Masters cook-off, a daylong series of events that is part of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. --Craig T. Kojima /


Oct. 7: Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival. More than 100 vendors, tours of the fish auction and fishing demonstrations, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Pier 38. Visit

Oct. 8: Ilima Awards. Sample fine food, wine and cocktails in a celebration of Ilima award-winning chefs and restaurants, selected by Star-Advertiser food and dining writers, in a benefit for Diamond Head Theatre. Visit

Oct. 18: Chopsticks & Wine. Enjoy a wide array of fine wine, sake, beer and tasting plates from some of Honolulu’s top restaurants at this Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce fundraiser, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Hawai’i Convention Center. Visit


Nov. 2-11: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. With coffee-picking contest, cupping competition and a parade. Visit

Nov. 3: Taste of Waipahu Street Festival. Food and entertainment sponsored by Waipahu Community Association, 310 p.m., Waipahu Depot Street and Waipahu Marketplace.

Nov. 11-17: Restaurant Week Hawaii. A weeklong celebration in which a long list of restaurants feature special menu items, promotions and discounts, with a portion of proceeds supporting the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. Visit

Nov. 18: Garden Island Range & Food Festival. Kauai’s biggest locavore event, celebrating a bounty of agricultural products, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Kilohana Luau. Call 338-0111 or visit


Dec. 8: Christmas at The Fairmont -Dining with the Chefs. A fundraiser presented by the American Culinary Federation’s Kona Kohala Chefs Association with cuisine from 20 top chefs and confectioners, along with handcrafted ales, wines and Kona coffee. Visit


Jan. 26: Robert Burns Dinner. This family-style dinner hosted by the Caledonian Society of Hawaii includes Scottish classics like haggis. Visit


Feb. 23: Hawaii Chocolate Festival. From noon to 5 p.m., Dole Cannery. Visit


March 17: Sam Choy’s Poke Contest. At Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, Hawaii island.

March 23: Big Island Chocolate Festival. At Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii island. Visit


April 6: Maui County Agricultural Festival. Focusing on agriculture’s vital role in the economy, environment and lifestyle of Maui, with farmers market, food booths, keiki activities and Grand Taste Education; presented by Maui County Farm Bureau at Maui Tropical Plantation, Waikapu. Visit

April 20-21: East Maui Taro Festival. With poi pounding, food and craft booths, taro pancake breakfast in Hana, Maui. Visit

Date TBA: Taste of Waialua. Celebrate the rebirth of the old sugar mill town on the North Shore while sampling Waialua coffee and chocolate and enjoying entertainment and more. Visit

April 27: Waikiki Spam Jam. With entertainment, crafts and food along Kalakaua Avenue. Visit Waikiki Spam Jam on Facebook.


May 3-4: Kau Coffee Festival. With music, hula, coffee tastings, farm and mill tours, and recipe contest in Pahala. Visit

May 4: Maui Onion Festival. Features entertainment, chef demonstrations, food booths, onion-eating contest and a Maui onion pairing dinner, at Whalers Village, Kaanapali. Visit


June 2: Taste of Hawaii, the Ultimate Sunday Brunch. Presented by Rotary Club of Kapaa at Smith’s Tropical Paradise on Kauai. Visit

June 7-9: Kapalua Food & Wine Festival. Showcases top winemakers, master sommeliers and chefs at Kapalua Resort, with seminars, Grand Tasting and Seafood Festival. Visit

June 15: Taste of Wailea. Presented in association with the Maui Film Festival, featuring Wailea Resort chefs and restaurants. Visit


Date TBA: Mangoes at the Moana. Celebrate all things mango with local products, a “mango throwdown” and chef demonstrations at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki. Visit


Date TBA: Joy of Sake. The largest sake tasting outside Japan features premium sakes submitted as entries to the U.S. National Sake Appraisal. Visit


Sept. 15: Breadfruit Festival. Celebrates the culture and history of breadfruit with celebrity chefs, food booths and a cook-off, Amy B.H. Greenwell Garden on Kauai. Visit

Sept 5-8: Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. Four-day festival featuring world-acclaimed chefs at various Waikiki hotels and Ko Olina Resort. Co-chaired by Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi as a fundraiser for food and agriculture programs. Visit

Date TBA: Rice Festival. With cookoffs, demonstrations and a musubi-eating contest. Visit


Oct. 4: Taste of the Hawaiian Range. Hawaii island’s premier food-grazing event brings ranchers and farmers together with chefs and consumers at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Visit

Date TBA: The Good Table. A fundraiser for Lanakila Pacific that offers dinner reservations for tables of four to six at about 50 restaurants. Visit

Compiled by Nina Wu, Star-Advertiser. Don’t see your food event listed here? Email

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