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Food Festivals


While travelers may be heading to the Hawaiian Islands for different adventures, such as eco-tourism, culture, arts, golf/sports, or health/wellness pursuits, there is one common denominator critical to anyone on vacation. FOOD!

Hawaii offers the best of both worlds for visitors looking for a little fun in the sun, while tempting culinary taste buds with a number of food festivals throughout the year. If your travel plans typically include great eating experiences, here are a few upcoming events you won’t want to miss:

2nd Annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival (Oahu) – February 23, 2013 
Chocolate lovers can learn the steps that go into making this sweet treat from start to finish, taste different chocolates, watch live entertainment, listen to industry professional speakers, and work yourself into more of a chocolate coma by relaxing in the chocolate inspired spa lounge. The Chocolate Festival, held at Dole Cannery, was created to raise awareness about Hawaii’s growing cacao industry and to solidify chocolate as the state’s newest ‘ambassador of aloha.’ www.hawaiichocolatefestival.com
 
Honolulu Festival Friendship Gala (Oahu) – March 1, 2013 
Oahu’s top chefs come together at the Hawaii Convention Center and pull out all the stops, serving up creative regional cuisine featuring the abundance of Hawaii’s ocean, farms, and ranches. The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and is part of Oahu’s premier cultural event, promoting understanding and ethnic harmony between people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. www.honolulufestival.com
 
Kona Brewers Festival (Hawaii Island) – March 9, 2013 
What began as a birthday celebration for Kona Brewing Co. in 1996 has grown to be considered one of the premiere festivals on the island and in the state. The festival features 60 types of ales and lagers served alongside island-style cuisine from some of Hawaii’s top chefs. www.konabrewersfestival.com 
 
Big Island Chocolate Festival (Hawaii Island) – March 23, 2013 
Feast on rich, creamy chocolate to your heart’s content! Satisfy all your chocolate cravings and more at the Big Island Chocolate Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. The highlight of the decidedly decadent festival is the colorful and tasty 5:30-10 p.m. gala with tempting sweet and savory chocolate creations prepared by top island chefs, chocolatiers, and confectioners. www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com 
 
21st Annual East Maui Taro Festival – April 20-21, 2013 
This all day event features non-stop Hawaiian entertainment and hula, food booths and arts and crafts booths, not to mention hands-on cultural demos such as poi-pounding, kapa cloth making, creating Hawaiian musical instruments and lauhala weaving. www.tarofestival.org

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