Hot Lava, Hotter Cuisine - Annual Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival Heats Up
Foodies take note! The annual Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) will return to the Big Island on Saturday, October 22, with a signature event, “Hot Lava, Hotter Cuisine.” The dinner will be held at Hilton Waikoloa Village in partnership with the Waikoloa Beach Resort and Waikoloa Beach Marriott.
The theme, according to HFWF’s executive director Denise Yamaguchi, “was something we came up with that would define the level of the talent coming to Hawai`i Island. It’s a play on words. Everyone knows that lava is hot, and we wanted to express that the cuisine created by these chefs will be even hotter.”
Yamaguchi points out that four of the six chefs cooking have won James Beard Awards and a fifth chef from Korea was 27th in Asia’s Fifty Best Restaurants 2016. “What could be hotter than that?” she asks.
Participating will be some of the Mainland’s most talented culinary artists, including Nancy Silverton (Mozza, Los Angeles, CA), Hubert Keller (Fleur by Hubert Keller, Las Vegas, NV), Michelle Bernstein (Seagrape, Miami, FL), and Bruce Bromberg (Blue Ribbon Restaurants, New York, NY). Favorite local chefs Hans Lentz (Hilton Waikoloa Village) and Jayson Kanekoa (Waikoloa Beach Marriott) will be representing Hawai‘i Island. And Tae-Hwan Ryu (Ryunique, Seoul, South Korea) will be bringing his talents to Waikoloa Beach Resort as well.