Hawaii Food and Wine Fest opens on Oahu

Sep. 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Ming Tsai joined Masaharu Morimoto, left, on stage during one the workshops that were part of the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. (Star-Advertiser File)

Ming Tsai joined Masaharu Morimoto, left, on stage during one the workshops that were part of the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. (Star-Advertiser File)

BY BETTY SHIMABUKURO / betty@staradvertiser.com

Today, Sept. 5, marks the start of Oahu-based events in the 2013 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival’s four-day explosion of food — both eating it and learning about it.

Only two events are sold out: the $1,000-per-plate “Halekulani Master Chefs Gala” tomorrow, Sept. 6, and “Dream Bigger Dreams,” a workshop on culinary competitions set for Monday, Sept. 9. So if you find yourself hungry and with some extra cash in your wallet, you can still partake. The quick rundown:

» For Stargazers: The chefs you read about in foodie magazines or watch on “Top Chef Masters” are featured in events at the Modern Honolulu today, the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Ko Olina Resort on Sunday, Sept. 8. We’re talking Masaharu Morimoto, Floyd Cardoz, Anita Lo, Art Smith, Celestino Drago and Ming Tsai, to name just a few.

» If You Love Liquor: Three seminars on wine and one on vodka take place starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Halekulani.

» Cooking Tips from the Pros: Demonstrations (which include tastings and wine pairings) will be staged at the Hawai’i Convention Center on Friday (“Rice Plus” and “Sweet Endings”) and Saturday (“My Italian Way” with Drago and Jonathan Waxman; “Fire It Up,” a chili-pepper workshop with Dean Fearing, Charles Phan and Tsai).

» Sunday Brunch: “Girls Got Game+1” features female chefs and farmers, starting at 11 a.m. Sunday at SHOR at the Hyatt Waikiki.

Prices run from $75 to $300. For details and tickets, visit hawaii­foodandwinefestival.com.

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