Upcoming Foodie Events for 2016
21st Annual Kona Brewers Festival
When: March 9-12
Enjoy craft beer from both Hawaii and mainland breweries, island-style cuisine and live music. A benefit for several charities. For more information, visit www.konabrewersfestival.com
When: April 3-5
Where: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
If you’re a chef seeking new ideas, a student looking to gain experience or a food-service professional keeping atop the latest trends, we’ve got plenty of educational and networking opportunities for you.
Honolulu Brewers Festival
When: April 23
Where: Honolulu, HI
When: April 30th
Where: Honolulu, Hawaii
Big Island Chocolate Festival
When: May 13-14
Where: Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
The festivals goal is to highlight Hawai'i's unique regional products, particularly chocolate; entertain both visitors & residents; showcase the creative talents of Hawai'i's culinary arts, chefs, chocolatiers, ice cream & candy makers & culinary students; and to support culinary education opportunities & diversified agriculture on Hawaii Island.
For more information, visit www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com
Wahiawa Pineapple Festival
Where: Wahiawa, HI
Taste of Chocolate
When: June 5th
Where: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Waialea
Part of the Maui Film Festival. Dress up and experience the never-been-there, never-had-that, extraordinary flavors and sensual experience that is the Taste of Chocolate.
Taste of Waialea
When: June 6th
The "TOW" is both the granddaddy of all Festival parties and the 'Crown Jewel' of the Festival's Culinary Arts Celebrations. In short, "The Best of The Best of Wailea's Best Chefs". Live Music by Bita and Klaudia of Maná Brasil! Each Taste of Wailea ticket includes admission to Saturday Night's Celestial Cinema Double Feature. Please note, this special event is restricted to those age 21 years and over. ID required for entry.
116th RMA Convention
When: June 9th
Where: Waialea, Hawaii
This year marks the 116th convention of the USA Rice Millers’ Association (RMA). The RMA Convention’s longevity speaks to the value of this annual professional forum for the U.S. rice milling industry and allied businesses, including domestic and international customers for U.S.-grown rice. The educational program will include topics related to trade and economic issues that affect opportunities and challenges for the rice industry. A trade show will highlight rice milling related equipment, products and services.
35th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
When: June 6-12
Where: Kapalua, Maui
This celebration of epicurean excellence will convene the finest in food and wine and embrace all things Hawaiian – notably – the fabulous culinary bounty on Maui and here at the world-renowned Kapalua Resort.
Annual Lanai Pineapple Festival
When: July 3-4
Where: Dole Park, Lanai
Celebrates the island's rich pineapple plantation and ranch history. Residents and visitors will enjoy local foods, craft and game booths, and entertainment.
Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo
When: July 8-9
Bringing the buyers & suppliers together as a market to conduct business on the exhibit floor. Open to the industry only.
Hawaii State Farm Fair
When: July 11-12
Where: Kualoa Ranch, Oahu
Presented by the Hawaii Farm Bureau and 4-H. Highlights include agricultural exhibits, country market, 4-H livestock show, Ag Challenge, entertainment, and food.
Joy of Sake
When: July 31st
Where: Honolulu, HI
The Joy of Sake celebrates Hawaii's hundred-year love affair with sake—from the early days of Japanese immigration and the founding of the Honolulu Sake Brewery up to the present.
Family-friendly event held in conjunction with National Rice Month, with cook-offs, demonstrations, and a musubi-eating contest. For more information, visit www.ricefest.com
Puna Culinary Festival
Locavore meals, cooking classes, workshops, farm tours, and tastings. Most events at the Kalani Oceanside Retreat. For more information, visit www.punaculinaryfestival.com
Taste of the Hawaiian Range
The more unusual cuts of local meat are showcased at a grazing event that brings ranchers, farmers and chefs together. For more information, visit www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Dining events and wine tasting seminars feature world-acclaimed chefs and master sommeliers. Events held on Oahu, Maui, and Big Island. Co-chaired by chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi as a fundraiser for food and agriculture programs. For more information, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
The Good Table
Lanakila Pacific's annual fundraiser features prix-fixe dinners for tables of four or more at dozens of restaurants across Oahu for a benefit of Meals on Wheels. For more information, visit www.thegoodtable.org
Chopsticks & Wine
Where: Hawaii Convention Center
Fine wine, sake, beer and tasting plates from Honolulu Restaurants are offered at this annual fundraiser for the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit www.hjcc.org