Hawaii’s Big Island Festival Slated for November

Cream of the crop featured at culinary celebration

By: Dawna Robertson

When culture and cuisine collide Hawaiian style, it’s got to be good. Fans of this duo can taste the magic for themselves when Hilton Waikoloa Village hosts the Fifth Annual Hawaii’s Big Island Festival Nov. 17-19.

This three-day adventure partners Hawaii’s top culinary stars with the freshest of tropical ingredients and wines from around the world. And the result is nothing short of tasteful.

This year’s “Best of the Big Island” theme draws guests to sample culinary creations from Island-grown ingredients. They’ll discover exclusive Big Island products, see cultural demonstrations, review fine art at the festival pavilion, explore prestigious spas and golf courses along the Kohala Coast, and meet prominent Big Island chefs all with the “aloha spirit.”

Rachelle Hennings, director of marketing, described the event’s appeal to visitors wanting to experience real Hawaii.

“With over 20 events spread across the luxurious Kohala and Kona Coasts, you’ll have the chance to sample all the Big Island has to offer,” she remarked.

Hennings commented on the streamlining and attractive scheduling for this year’s event.

“We’ve added a charitable component, increased use of local in-gredients by participating chefs and added to a first-rate wine program that was implemented in 2005.”

She noted that a final gala dinner is considered a festival highlight. Held under the stars, the event will feature over twenty of Hawaii’s premier culinary artists, a wide selection of exotic cocktails and world class wines, live music, dancing and a benefit silent auction for the Big Island’s Keck Observatory.

Calendar of Events
Friday, November 17
Golf Passport (Nov. 16 -21)
Golf discounts are offered at Waikoloa Beach Course, Waikoloa Kings’ Golf Course, Hapuna Golf Course, and Mauna Lani North and South Golf Courses.

Spa Passport (Nov. 17 only)
Mini-treatments, spa tour, and gift from the Kohala Spa at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Mauna Lani Spa at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and Mandara Spa at Waikoloa Beach Marriott.

New Waves at NELHA (Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii) Luncheon and Tour
Learn how seafood is grown and harvested at the state-of-the-art aquaculture facility on the Kohala Coast.

Grand Wine Tasting and Artists’ Reception - “Wonderful Whites, Remarkable Reds”
Located at The Gallery - Hilton Waikoloa Village, the event will highlight Big Island artists and their masterpieces as guests sa-vor fine vintage wines.

Grand Hukilau
Experience a traditional Hawaiian buffet feast and cultural Hukilau (net fishing) with entertainment and island cocktails.

Saturday, Nov. 18
Festival Pavilion
Displays encompass “The Best of the Big Island” fine arts, local agriculture, gourmet foods and exclusive Hawaii-made products.

Wine Seminars and Tastings
Two wine seminars and tastings allow guests to learn about vintages from some of the world’s most respected sommeliers.

Final Gala Dinner - “The BIG Taste”
Held on the Lagoon Lanai, the festival’s closing dinner features Hawaii’s top chefs, wine pairings, live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction.

After Party - “Meet the Chefs” at Malolo Lounge

Sunday, Nov. 19
Cocktail Seminar
Learn how to create signature cocktails, as well as new and exciting drinks with an Island flair.

“Eat Right” Kohala Spa Cuisine Luncheon
Discover the health benefits of wine during a gourmet luncheon complete with organic wine pairings.

For guestroom information, call 800-445-8667. Special room and ticket packages are to be announced. Ask about the Platinum Pass.

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