Tickets will benefit local agriculture, restaurants and hospitality industries

HONOLULU, HI (September 18, 2020) – Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) announces its 2020 schedule of events in support of agriculture, restaurant and hospitality industries that are struggling to survive amid the restrictions the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our world. In keeping with its mission, the premier epicurean event in the Pacific will highlight Hawaii’s culinary excellence with a star-studded lineup over a three-weekend program. The Festival will host nine intimate dining experiences on Oahu from November 6–November 21, 2020, at Hawaii restaurants showcasing local and guest celebrity chef talent. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 19, 2020.

“For Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, our lifeline has depended on our local culinary, agriculture and hospitality industries — and it’s our turn to support the farmers, chefs, restaurants, food service employees, students, and people who call Hawaii home,” says HFWF Chief Executive Officer Denise Yamaguchi. “Now more than ever, the community must work together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted our everyday lives.”

HFWF considered cancelling its events, but decided to proceed with exclusive dining experiences because the local restaurants, as well as our visitor industry and other small businesses, need the community’s support to survive now more than ever.

All proceeds from this year’s festival will directly benefit our agricultural, restaurant, food service and hospitality industries, and their employees. Co-founded by two of Hawaii’s own James Beard award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, HFWF20 will spotlight local chefs and internationally-renowned culinary masters to create once-in-a-lifetime collaboration dishes with locally-sourced products, including: Michael Chiarello, Dean Fearing, Chris Kajioka, Ed Kenney, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, Jonathan Waxman, and more. There will also a tribute to the late Floyd Cardoz to honor the notable Indian chef for his contributions to the culinary world posthumously.

The theme for each dinner was created based upon the relationship(s) between local and guest celebrity chef talent, with a curated wine, beer or cocktail pairing menu option to perfectly complement the delectable dishes from the culinary masters. Safety of our attendees and participants is our number one priority. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will abide by the most current restrictions and guidance provided by the local county and state governments to ensure proper screening and social distancing protocols.

The 2020 lineup also includes the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Roy’s 23nd Annual Golf Classic to support IMUA Family Services. The celebrity chef golf tournament will take place Friday, November 13, 2020, at Kaanapali Golf Course + Roy’s Kaanapali on Maui.

Now in its tenth year, HFWF has expanded from a 3-day festival with 30 chefs in Waikiki to the state’s largest food and wine event. In 2020, HFWF modified its schedule to ensure the safety of participants and attendees, while supporting the local Hawaii community.

The 2020 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival event schedule takes place November 6–November 21, 2020.

Viva La Vino!
Friday, November 6, 2020
Swell Bar at Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Chef Collaboration: Michael Chiarello, David Lukela, Alex Stratta 

Saturday, November 7, 2020
Mud Hen Water
Chef Collaboration: Ed Kenney, Spike Mendelsohn

The Spice of Life: A Tribute to Floyd Cardoz
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Chef Collaboration: Vikram Garg, the Cardoz Ohana

Brothers From Another Mother
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Miro Kaimuki
Chef Collaboration: Chris Kajioka, Mourad Lahlou

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Roy’s 23nd Annual Golf Classic
Friday, November 13, 2020
Kaanapali Golf Course + Roy’s Kaanapali (Maui)

Saturday, November 14, 2020
MW Restaurant
Chef Collaboration: Raphael Lunetta, Michelle Karr-Ueoka, Wade Ueoka

Native Feast
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Maui Brewing Co. at Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
Chef Collaboration: Kealoha Domingo, Terry Lynch, Sean Sherman

The Pig and the Slanted Door
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Piggy Smalls
Chef Collaboration: Andrew Le, Charles Phan

Bon Appetit
Friday, November 20, 2020
Hoku’s at The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Chef Collaboration: Jonathan Mizukami, Philip Tessier

Let the Good Times Roll
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Roy’s Hawaii Kai
Chef Collaboration: Dean Fearing, Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman, Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi

To purchase tickets and view the complete schedule and chef lineup, visit www.HFWF.me. Since its 2011 launch, HFWF has raised nearly $3 million for the State’s agricultural and culinary programs. Stay connected with the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival via www.HFWF.me or follow HFWF on Twitter/Instagram @HIFoodWineFest and Facebook at hawaiifoodandwinefestival. #HFWF20

The Hawaii 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 Hawaii’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 nearly $3 million to support local beneficiaries committed to culinary and agricultural education, sustainability and cultural programs in Hawaii.