KS cultivates connections between chefs and farmers

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Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival chefs will have the rare chance to chat with local farmers, ranchers and food producers at a private event hosted by Kamehameha Schools. Above, chef Ming Tsai and festival co-founder chef Alan Wong sample locally sourced food at last year's event.

KS cultivates connections between chefs and farmers
By Nadine Lagaso
August 27, 2014

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The private event pairs chefs, food purveyors and retail buyers with local farmers to help promote their products.

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The festival’s philosophy aligns with the goals of KS' Strategic Agricultural Plan, which is aimed at increasing food production for the local market.

Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival

The Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The seven-day festival features a roster of over 80 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, August 29
Aloha ʻĀina, Aloha Kai – Love of the Land, Love of the Sea

Sunday, August 31
Kaʻanapali Kitchen Stadium Under a Maui Moon

Thursday, September 4
A lucky MODERN Buddha Belly

Friday, September 5
Halekulani Master Chefs Gala Series: Chefs Who Cook to Compete

Laulina at Heʻeia with Jose Garces, Hubert Keller, Mark Noguchi and Christina Tosi

Visit the Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival website for tickets.

Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival chefs will have the rare chance to chat with local farmers, ranchers and food producers at a private event hosted by Kamehameha Schools. The September 5 shindig, called the “Farmers’ Foodshow and Chef Welcome Reception at Pā‘ina on Pier 38,” will also feature ʻono dishes prepared with locally-sourced ingredients.

Kamehameha Schools is responsible for the stewardship of over 215,000 acres of agricultural land statewide. Several of the pāʻina participants grow food on that land including Ken Hirata – who produces sweet potato shochu in Haleʻiwa and the ranchers of Hawaii Lowline Cattle Co. on Hawaii Island.

More than 80 world-renowned chefs will converge in Hawai‘i for the annual food and wine festival from August 29 through September 7. The festival promotes locally grown foods and Hawaiʻi’s agricultural industry to help ensure the state’s food security.

“Kamehameha Schools has supported the Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival since its inception in 2010,” says KS Integrated Strategies Manager Kauʻi Burgess. “The festival’s philosophy aligns with the goals of our Strategic Agricultural Plan, which is aimed at increasing food production for the local market.”

Since the inception of the agricultural plan in 2009, KS has invested over $22 million to help its farmers increase food production. Improvements included infrastructure work on roads, irrigation, fencing and security gates.

The festival features sixteen events over the course of seven days, starting with its new signature event on Hawai‘i Island called Aloha ʻĀina, Aloha Kai - Love of the Land, Love of the Sea, which will be held at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. 

For more information on the private event, see the article “From Farm to Chef” in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. For information on other festival events or to purchase tickets, visit the Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival website.

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