29th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival Returns to Kapalua Resort, June 24 – 27, 2010

June 22, 2010, 5:31 PM HST · Updated June 22, 5:31 PM
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Hawai‘i’s longest-running wine and food event returns to Maui from June 24 – 27, allowing island visitors and residents an up-close look at the latest trends in food, wine, and Hawaiian Cuisine all within the breathtaking setting of the world-renowned Kapalua Resort.

The Seafood Fest is among the many attractions at the 29th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Courtesy Image.

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 held throughout the weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

For the first time, the four-day event themed “Summer Soiree” will highlight Hawaii’s Regional Cuisine and embrace the “Farm to Fork” concept through an exciting new partnership with the Maui County Farm Bureau. Chef DK Kodama, owner of DK Restaurants will be the featured Festival Chef and delight participants during Sunday’s highly anticipated luncheon “DK’s Secrets: Sansei-Style.”

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“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.  We’re very excited to have DK Kodama as our featured chef for Sunday’s culinary exhibition, an event not to be missed. With DK’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,” said Nancy Cross, vice president of Events Management, Kapalua Resort.

Throughout the weekend, participants can also select from a 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, held on Friday night, June 25 will feature menu preparations by The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s Executive Chef John Zaner and on Sunday June 27th the popular Kapalua Seafood Festival, will feature thirteen 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 4-Day Festival Pass or Ala-Carte tickets. Kama’aina 4-Day Festival Passes are priced at $599. Ala-Carte tickets to the Grand Tasting, Seafood Festival and “DK’s Secrets: Sansei-Style” are an extraordinary value, priced at only $120 each. Kama’aina prices for individual wine seminars range from $50-$55.

The Grand Tasting event is the main attraction at the 29th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Courtesy File Image.

Tickets to the 29th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival are now available and can be purchased on line at www.kapalua.com or by calling 1-888-665-9160.

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