An afternoon of keiki culinary fun headlined by YouTube and HBO baking star Rosanna Pansino

HONOLULU, HI (September 16, 2021)—Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) announces HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen®: Decorate with Rosanna Pansino, inviting keiki and families to a safe, virtual Halloween celebration on October 31, 2021. The afternoon features an exclusive cupcake decorating experience led by “Nerdy Nummies” YouTube star and host of HBO’s “Baketopia,” Rosanna Pansino. The weekend is rounded out by the Hawai‘i Gas Presents Localicious® Recipe Contest semi-finalist cook-off on October 30, 2021 and launch of the online Made in Hawai‘i Marketplace by Kids for Kids.

“HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen® is always a Festival highlight and returns this year with virtual experiences that inspire the next generation of chefs and industry professionals who will continue Hawai‘i’s tradition of culinary excellence,” said Denise Yamaguchi, chief executive officer of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival. “From a special cupcake decorating experience and Localicious® Recipe Contest to the Made in Hawai‘i Marketplace by Kids for Kids, we hope to encourage keiki to expand their culinary skills and learn more about the importance of supporting local.”

This special edition of the HFWF cupcake decorating experience is led by beloved baking sensation Rosanna Pansino and will be held on Halloween from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. HST. Each ticket purchase includes a Decorate with Rosanna Cupcake Kit with Rosanna’s signature unicorn (or narwhal) cupcake decorating kit, “Nerdy Nummies” cookbook and silicon spatula set as well as exclusive access to the livestreamed cupcake decorating tutorial. Attendees join Rosanna from her home kitchen as she shares her expert tips and tricks for the perfect cupcake.

Keiki chefs in grades 4-12 still have time to enter the Hawai‘i Gas Presents Localicious® Recipe Contest and submit original, healthy recipes featuring locally grown, raised or caught products. On Saturday, October 30, 2021, six selected semi-finalists compete in a live cook-off and present their dishes to a panel of industry leaders and celebrity chef judges including HFWF co-chair chef Alan Wong; Miss Hawai‘i Volunteer Teen and 2015 Localicious Recipe Contest winner, Sophia Stark; and president and chief executive officer of Hawai‘i Gas, Alicia Moy.

The weekend also marks the launch of the 2021 Made in Hawai‘i Marketplace by Kids for Kids, available online throughout the month of November. Shop merchandise handcrafted by local high school students in the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Program. These unique items are made using locally sourced products and proceeds benefit local high school culinary and agricultural programs.

“Keiki in the Kitchen® exemplifies HMAA’s core values, in support of the health and wellbeing of our keiki,” said HMAA’s Executive Chairman John Henry Felix. “From recipe contests encouraging the use of locally sourced ingredients to engaging activities and educational programs, HMAA is proud to partner with Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival for Keiki in the Kitchen® to help promote the healthy eating and healthy lifestyles for Hawai‘i’s next generation.”

Decorate with Rosanna Cupcake Kits are available now for $50 per person, inclusive of:

  • Rosanna Pansino Unicorn Cupcake Decorating Kit
  • Rosanna Pansino Nerdy Nummies Silicone Spatulas (2-count)
  • “The Nerdy Nummies” cookbook by Rosanna Pansino
  • Cupcake recipe
  • Exclusive access to a livestreamed tutorial with Rosanna!

Ticket price includes shipping and handling. Learn more and register HERE.

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ABOUT HAWAI‘I FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL                                                                                                                              The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 150 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities,   sommeliers, mixologists, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival showcases culinary experiences, wine tastings, cultural engagement and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the State’s bounty of fresh, local produce, seafood, beef, poultry and spices. Since 2011, the Festival has given over $3 million to support local beneficiaries committed to culinary and agricultural education, sustainability and cultural programs in Hawai‘i.