Kapalua Wine & Food Festival to highlight Hawaii Regional Cuisine
KAPALUA — The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival returns June 24-27, allowing island visitors and residents an up-close look at the latest trends in food, wine and Hawaiian cuisine within the breathtaking setting of Kapalua Resort.
Returning host Master Sommelier Fred Dame will bring several of the world’s most famous winemakers, master sommeliers and celebrated chefs to wine tastings, a gourmet cooking demonstration and festive gala functions throughout the weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
For the first time, the four-day event themed “Summer Soiree” will highlight Hawaii Regional Cuisine and embrace the “Farm to Fork” concept through an exciting new partnership with the Maui County Farm Bureau.
Chef D.K. Kodama, owner of D.K. Restaurants, will be the featured festival chef and delight participants during Sunday’s highly anticipated luncheon, “D.K.’s Secrets: Sansei-Style.”
“The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival has always showcased intriguing wines from around the world, but this year’s culinary spotlight will be centered on Hawaii’s unique cuisine,” said Nancy Cross, vice president of Events Management, Kapalua Resort.
“We’re very excited to have D.K. Kodama as our featured chef for Sunday’s culinary exhibition — an event not to be missed. With D.K.’s focus on local farm to table menus, it also made perfect sense to collaborate with Maui County Farm Bureau and its members, including Maui Cattle Company, to highlight Grown on Maui local products and produce throughout the event.”
Throughout the weekend, participants can also select from an impressive list of interactive seminars, including “Zins and Cheese,” “Heal The World with Pinot Noir,” “Cab Franc Retrospective” and “Wine Idol: The Master Challenge.”
This year’s Grand Tasting on June 25 will feature menu preparations by Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Executive Chef John Zaner, and on June 27, the ever-popular Kapalua Seafood Festival will feature 13 of Maui’s top chefs and restaurants competing for the “Best of the Fest” prize (sponsored by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine) along with live music, entertainment and a bountiful selection of fine wines and spirits.
Kama‘aina can enjoy generous savings on all festivities by purchasing a Four-Day Festival Pass ($599) or Ala-Carte tickets to the Grand Tasting, Seafood Festival and “D.K.’s Secrets: Sansei-Style” priced at only $120 each. Kama’aina prices for individual wine seminars range from $50-$55.
To purchase tickets for the 29th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, visit www.kapalua.com or call 665-9160.