Keiki can submit a healthy, original recipe with local ingredients August 24 to September 21

HONOLULU, HI (August 24, 2020) – Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) today is accepting submissions for its Hawaii Gas Presents Localicious® Recipe & Video Contest. Now through September 21, 2020, keiki can submit a healthy, original recipe that includes locally-grown, raised or caught product(s).

Open to students in grades 4-12, the contest will screen submitted recipes in two age groups (grades 4-8 and grades 9-12). The top three finalists from each age category will earn invitations to submit a three to four minute video showcasing their skills in the kitchen, presentation flare and the final dish. The dishes will be evaluated by a committee of celebrity chefs based on a criteria measuring creativity, simplicity, healthiness, deliciousness, affordability and origin.

Inspiring the next generation of chefs, the winners in each category will be announced at a live virtual event on November 7, 2020.

“One of the key objectives of our HFWF mission is to inspire the future generation of future generations of chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs and more,” said Denise Yamaguchi, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival chief executive officer. “We’re thrilled that this contest continues to be a success and we’re excited to see the creativity of keiki chefs come to life through videos as they create delicious masterpieces cooking with gas, which is the preferred clean energy source for veteran and young chefs alike.”

Cash scholarships will be awarded for first, second and third place winners in grades 9-12 and culinary-themed prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in grades 4-8. There will also be a surprise prize given as an overall People’s Choice Award, which will be determined by an online voting period from October 22 to November 6, 2020.

“It’s important to Hawaii Gas to continue to support the next generation of culinary leaders in our community,” said Mustafa Demirbag, Hawaii Gas executive director of sales and marketing. “We are faced with unique challenges with the impact of COVID-19, which has highlighted the importance of strengthening local agriculture and farming for our state’s future. The Localicious® Recipe & Video Contest serves as a creative and educational outlet that will inspire young chefs in our community.”

Visit www.HFWF.me to learn more about official contest details, rules and Hawaii Gas Presents Localicious® Recipe & Video Contest entry form. For questions, email: contest@hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

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.