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Tantalize your taste buds at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

By Staff | Jun 4, 2009

KAPALUA — A must-attend event for epicureans, Hawaii’s longest-running wine and food festival will return for its 28th year at Kapalua Resort on June 11-14.

Well-known Master Sommelier Fred Dame, returning host of six years, together with the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival will bring several of the world’s most famous winemakers, master sommeliers and renowned chefs to exceptional wine tastings, gourmet cooking demonstrations and festive gala functions at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

“For close to three decades, we have had the privilege of hosting a one-of-a-kind celebration that allows island visitors and residents to experience exciting new trends in wine and food,” said Nancy Cross, vice president of Events Management, Kapalua Resort.

“Guests from around the world flock to the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival year after year, not only for the exceptional event but also for the breathtaking setting.”

Themed “Carnival,” this year’s festival will feature more than 133 wineries, including Gramercy Cellars, Williams Seylem Winery, Sapphire Hill Vineyards, Lachini Vineyards and Pisoni Vineyards & Winery, along with guest chefs Scott Giambastiani (executive chef for Google Inc.) and Robert McGrath, founding chef of Roaring Fork and An American Western Bistro and proprietor of REM Restaurant, which is scheduled to open this spring.

In addition to signature events such as The Grand Tasting, participants can also select from a bevy of new seminars, including “Walla Walla and Cheese,” “Raising Riesling from the Dead,” “Psycho Pinots” and “In the Kitchen with Chef Robert McGrath.”

A new event this year, “Masters of the Feud Game Show,” will allow wine enthusiasts to face off against one another in a “Family Feud” style blind taste test contest on June 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

On June 14, the ever-popular Kapalua Seafood Festival will wrap up the weekend of festivities with a mouthwatering gala, featuring two dishes from each of the 15 participating Maui top chefs, live entertainment and fine wine selections.

For more information on the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival and Kapalua Resort, visit www.kapalua.com or call 1-888-665-9160.