Hawaii Food and Wine Festival 2018 is now happening on Oahu! It’s a program of the non-profit, Hawaii Ag and Culinary Alliance with over 150 international renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, winemakers, and mixologists. Bringing people together since 2011, the program has grown into a three-day festival with 30 chefs in Waikiki to more than 20 events with over 120 chefs across the three Hawaiian islands (Big Island, Maui, and Oahu). Our first year attending this festival was in 2016 for the Hawaiian Airlines Culinary Flight and Battle of the Brunch events and are ecstatic to be going to the events this year!

Our first event for the 8th Annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival 2018 brings us to Slurp at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa! It’s the annual after-party hosted by 7-Eleven Hawaii where six world-class chefs served up their own creative flair on dishes such as pho and ramen. It was the perfect comfort food to warm us up since it was raining sporadically throughout the event. There were also beers and frozen cocktails – grown-up versions of 7-Eleven Hawaii’s famous icy beverage!

Roasted Lemongrass Onaga Laksa by Chef Jeffrey Szombaty from Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa | Made with with kiawe salt cured duck egg and coconut glass
Kona Green Coffee & Coconut Tagliolini by Chef Antonio Tommasi from Maccheroni Republic | Made with sowbelly brasaso, bone ham broth, and tiki tiki pesto
Tongue in Cheek by Chef Shaymus Alwin from The Royal Hawaiian | Made with braised pono pork cheek, shiitake noodle neck broth, preserved big island hearts of palm, Hawaiian chili shichimi oil, toasted garlic, goma, tempura crunch, and black garlic
Korean Shellfish Hot Pot by Chef Nyesha Arrington from Native – Most popular dish of the night!
Kaua’i Dry Aged Beef Pho by Chef Andrew Le from The Pig & The Lady
Sapporo noodle, pohole corn, and steamed chicken by Chef Jeffrey Lunak from Sumo Dog

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We enjoyed the unique taste and presentation of pho and ramen by each chef. We may or may not have gone for seconds at our favorite booths! Definitely a great event for those who love and appreciate the different taste of broth in pho and ramen. Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is worth traveling to Hawaii for! After all, what else sounds better than food, wine, and paradise?

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