Food Calendar: Events from October 2012 through October 2013
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 hawaiifishingfestival.com.
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 www.diamondheadtheatre.com.
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 www.honolulujapanesechamber.org.
Nov. 2-11: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. With coffee-picking contest, cupping competition and a parade. Visit konacoffeefest.com.
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 restaurantweekhawaii.com.
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 kauaifoodfestival.com.
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 konakohalachefs.org.
Jan. 26: Robert Burns Dinner. This family-style dinner hosted by the Caledonian Society of Hawaii includes Scottish classics like haggis. Visit scotsinhawaii.org.
Feb. 23: Hawaii Chocolate Festival. From noon to 5 p.m., Dole Cannery. Visit hawaiichocolatefestival.com.
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 bigislandchocolatefestival.com.
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 www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org.
April 20-21: East Maui Taro Festival. With poi pounding, food and craft booths, taro pancake breakfast in Hana, Maui. Visit tarofestival.org.
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 tasteofwaialua.com.
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 kaucoffeefest.com.
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 whalersvillage.com.
June 2: Taste of Hawaii, the Ultimate Sunday Brunch. Presented by Rotary Club of Kapaa at Smith’s Tropical Paradise on Kauai. Visit tasteofhawaii.com.
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 kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.
June 15: Taste of Wailea. Presented in association with the Maui Film Festival, featuring Wailea Resort chefs and restaurants. Visit mauifilmfestival.com.
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 mangoesatthemoana.com.
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 joyofsake.com.
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 breadfruit.info.
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 hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.
Date TBA: Rice Festival. With cookoffs, demonstrations and a musubi-eating contest. Visit ricefest.com.
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 tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.
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 lanakilapacific.org/thegoodtable.
Compiled by Nina Wu, Star-Advertiser. Don’t see your food event listed here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.