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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival announces Maui events

YouTube baking star Rosanna Pansino (left), of the “Nerdy Nummies” series, will join 17 other celeb chefs for “Keiki in the Kitchen” in Kaanapali. -- HFWF photo

The eighth annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival will spread its tentacles Oct. 6 to 28 from the Big Island to Maui to the big city lights of Oahu.

Fast becoming the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific, the festival features more than 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers.

Co-founded by two Hawaii James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the festival will offer wine tastings, cooking demos, one-of-a-kind excursions and exclusive evening galas with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. Proceeds support beneficiaries committed to sustainability and cultural and educational programs in Hawaii.

On Maui, HFWF tees off with the Roy’s 21st annual Golf Classic on Kaanapali Golf Course on Oct. 19.

This tee-rrific play-and-eat tournament is a benefit for IMUA Family Services. As you drive your way through the course, you’ll partake in delectable chef creations, refreshing beer and thirst-quenching cocktails.

Washington D.C.-based “Top Chef” season four finisher Spike Mendelsohn appeared at last year’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. It will host its HFWF event Oct. 20 this year. -- Hawaii Food & Wine Festival photo

The dinner reception and award ceremony that follows at Roy’s Ka’anapali takes the golf event to a whole new playing field. Reserve your team today. Space is limited.

The featured chefs cooking on the course for Roy’s Golf Classic all are owners or executive chefs at Maui restaurants. They are Tom Muromoto of Ka’anapali Beach Hotel (see story, above) Henry Adaniya of Hank’s Haute Dogs, Abby Ferrer of Star Noodle, Jayse Sato of Umi Sushi and Joey Macadangdang of Joey’s Kitchen.

Mark your calendars for Oct 20, when Spiked! increases your culinary pleasure at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.

Sheraton Host and Executive Chef Lyndon Honda will add a little spice to your life when he challenges 13 guest superstars to push their envelopes in the form of seasonings.

Explore a world of flavor, from star anise to za’atar, as you make your way from one station to the next outdoors and oceanfront. Pair the creative combinations that pepper each plate with stellar wines along with refreshing cocktails and craft beers.

Featured chefs are Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie in Houston; Michelle Bernstein of Crumb on Parchment in Miami; Stephen Durfee of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif.; Dean Fearing of Fearing’s in Dallas; Robert Irvine of Robert Irvine’s Public House in Las Vegas; Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s in San Francisco; Jordan Keao of ‘aina in San Francisco; Bill Peet of Tavern on the Green in New York City; Ed Kenney of Mud Hen Water in Honolulu; Stephan Pyles of Flora Street Cafe in Dallas; Art Smith of Blue Door Kitchen & Garden in Chicago; and Sherry Yard of iPic Entertainment group in Los Angeles.

These chefs are all famous and many have had TV shows, authored cookbooks and won James Beard Awards. Fearing is renowned around the world as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine and Bernstein is hot as it gets with Latin flavors and culinary awards.

On Oct 21, Symphony of Flavors will fill the air of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa as the sun sets over the Pacific.

The Kaanapali resort’s new Kitchen Stadium that was built specifically for this event, will raise the bar for a six-course dinner that will hit all the right notes.

Six culinary masters known for orchestrating indulgence will create dishes that would make even Mozart swoon.

Hyatt Executive Chef Greg Grohowski will host Honolulu favorites Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush of Senia along with Michelle Karr-Ueoka of MW Restaurant.

David LeFevre of Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans and Blaine Wetzel of The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Wash., will round out the culinary team. Each course will harmoniously pair with wines by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Hawaii.

This year, HFWF’s popular Keiki in the Kitchen event makes its Maui debut from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21, at the Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants in Kaanapali.

Headlining the event is perky YouTube baking star Rosanna Pansino, known for her series “Nerdy Nummies.” Pansino joins 17 celebrity chef guests for a day of food and fun for the whole family and will lead cupcake-making demos for the kids.

“The keiki learn directly from world-famous chefs what they do in the kitchen, find out from farmers where food comes from, participate in fun food activities, and learn how food relates to health and lifestyle,” says HFWF CEO Denise Yamaguchi.

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