Craving your favorite Hawaii comfort foods this week? Apparently our nation’s senators are, too.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate signed a resolution officially designating the week of June 12-18, 2016, as National Hawaiian Foods Week in honor of Hawaii’s contributions to the culinary heritage of the United States, and to raise awareness of Hawaiian foods.
We can certainly get with that proclamation.
If you ask us, there are few better ways to get an authentic taste of Hawaii’s mix of cultures and the foods and flavors residents crave than attending one of the many culinary and cultural festivals and events held year-round throughout the Hawaiian Islands. In addition to showcasing Hawaii’s rich cultural and agricultural history through its delicious foods and locally-grown ingredients, these festivals often offer visitors opportunities to enjoy a bounty of arts and crafts, entertainment and more, representing the Islands’ tapestry of ethnicities.
In the spirit of National Hawaiian Foods Week, we’ve put together a list of upcoming can’t-miss unique and mouthwatering Hawaii events for foodies. We also suggest noshing on your favorite Hawaii comfort food while making plans to attend.
- Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range (Sept. 9, 2016, Hawaii Island) – Indulge your appetite for Hawaii eats as local chefs invent mouth-watering dishes showcasing the Islands’ diverse agriculture. Chefs on hand create dishes using locally grown, range-fed meats complemented by fresh Hawaii Island vegetables.
- Coconut Festival (Oct. 1-2, 2016, Kauai) – This annual event held at Kapaa Beach Park highlights the cultural, social and historical importance of the coconut. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at the festival, including entertainment, cultural displays, cooking demonstrations and, of course, lots of unique coconut foods.
Thousands attend the popular Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, now in its sixth year
- Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (Oct 14-30. 2016, Hawaii Island, Oahu and Maui) – Featuring an impressive roster of internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers, this prestigious annual event is co-chaired by two of Hawaii’s very-own James Beard award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. Every event on the festival schedule features dishes showcasing Hawaii’s bounty of locally grown, raised and caught produce, meats and seafood.
- Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (Nov. 4-13, 2016, Hawaii Island) – Hawaii’s longest-running food festival features more than 50 events including coffee plantation and mill tours, a grand parade, the Miracle Mile Race, a golf tournament, art exhibits, and a recipe contest. Oh, and lots of Kona-grown coffee. All of it happening in the Kona district of Hawaii Island.
For the most up-to-date listings of Hawaii festivals, visit GoHawaii.com.