37th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival: An International Tribute To Premier Wines & Culinary Delights

By Hawaii.com Team

The 37th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival returns June 7 – 10, 2018 for a magical weekend on the shores of the Kapalua Resort. This annual ‘migration’ brings together oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life to celebrate, learn and experience the finest culinary trends and viniculture.

For information on accommodations packages and travel information or to purchase your tickets online please visit www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.

Taste Buds Will Be Dazzled

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Photo: Tony Novak Clifford.

Highlights of the weekend include interactive wine tasting seminars:
• Regional focused seminars – Santa Maria Valley, International Wines/Hungary, Italy, France
• Varietal focused seminars – World Famous Pinot Noir, World Cabernet Franc, Champagne
• Historical focus – Family Tree – Scions of Family Wineries – second and third generation winemakers

Featured Celebrity Chefs Hubert Keller of the Food Network, Chef Nancy Silverton Chef/co-owner of several Italian-inspired restaurants in the LA area and Chef Nancy Oakes pioneer of haute American cuisine will dazzle taste buds with their interactive cooking demonstrations paired with rare and hard-to-find wines. Signature evening galas, The Grand Tasting, sponsored by Hawaii.com, and Seafood Festival, sponsored by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card and Mileage Program, will showcase the culinary delights of Maui’s top restaurants.

A Tribute to International Wines and Foods

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Photo: Tony Novak Clifford.

Host Master Sommelier, Michael Jordan will lead the charge for the weekend festivities. “The 37th annual festival is a tribute to international wines and foods and a celebration of this longest running food and wine festival in the country. We have invited top winemakers and chefs from throughout the globe, and here on Maui, to feature their most revered vintages and dishes and share their love for food and wine.”

2018 Event Sponsors

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Photo: Tony Novak Clifford.

To date, major sponsors for the 2018 event include The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Montage Kapalua Bay, Troon Golf/Kapalua, Maui Visitors Bureau, County of Maui, Hawaii.com, Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card and Mileage Program, FIJI and Grey Goose.

Tickets Are Now on Sale

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Photo: Tony Novak Clifford.

Tickets are on sale now! For information on accommodations packages and travel information or to purchase your tickets online please visit www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.

The 37th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival Schedule of Events

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Photo: Tony Novak Clifford.

THURSDAY, June 7
A Master Class Introduction to Deductive Wine Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Invitation only; for Hospitality Industry Professionals
Hosted by Rob Bigelow, Master Sommelier & Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier

Local Industry Wine Trade Show & Gourmet Products Sampling
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Invitation only, Hospitality Industry Professionals

Welcome Reception
The Plantation House Restaurant
5 – 6:30 pm

Invitation only & 4-day pass holders

FRIDAY, June 8
Festival Golf Tournament

The Bay Course, Kapalua – 7:00 am
Not included in 4-day pass; sold separately. Advance registration required

Regional Focus:
“Sand & Fog” Santa Maria Valley Wine Seminar & Tasting

MERRIMAN’S Kapalua – 12:30 pm –2:00 pm
Part of the Central Coast AVA, this appellation is the oldest in this portion of California. Owing to the cool growing climate, the valley is best known for its Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Sample some of the areas’ finest producers favorite vintages.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:
Wes Hagen – J. Wilkes
James Onteveros – Native 9
Jill Russell – Cambria Estate Winery
Jonathan Nagy – Byron/Neilson

Varietal Focus:
“Let’s Be Franc!” – New World Cabernet Franc Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:00 – 4:30 pm
One of the major grape varieties worldwide, principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but can also be vinified alone. A lesser-known and lighter varietal than Cabernet, join us to learn more about this worldwide favorite.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:
Pam Starr – Crocker & Starr
Manny Pires – Gandona
Raj Patel – Patel Wines

The Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style
Sponsored by Hawaii.com
Montage Kapalua Bay– 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Premium wines are showcased with fabulous gastronomic indulgences from Kapalua Resort restaurants and friends. A walk-around tasting and evening under the stars; all on the oceanfront grounds of Montage Kapalua Bay. Also featuring Petrossian Caviar station, a phenomenal Cheese Display by Kent Torrey of The Cheese Shop in Carmel, CA and Maui-made sweets display.
Kapalua Restaurant participants:
Cane & Canoe
Honolua Store
Merriman’s
Pineapple Grill
Plantation House
Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Taverna
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

SATURDAY, June 9
Regional Focus:
Digging in to Unique Terroir – France, Italy and Hungary – International Wine Seminar & Tasting

Hosted by SOMM Journal
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Moderator Jessie “JABS” Birschbach, Managing Editor of The SOMM Journal hosts a journey through a handful of the Old World’s most distinctive examples of terroir: renowned wine regions where the earth and climate can actually be tasted! Travel to Montalcino and Alto Adige in Italy, Burgundy in France, ending in the Tokaj region of Hungary.
Lars Leicht, Trade Development Director for Banfi Vinters presenting Castello Banfi’s Brunello di Montalcino
Kristina Sazama, DipWSET, Wine Educator for Santa Margherita highlighting the Kettmeir wines of Alto Adige
Patrick Okubo, MS, CWE, Young’s Market for Kobrand and the Burgundian wines of Maison Louis Jadot
Enikő Magyar, Project Director for Wines of Excellence, pouring Mád Hungarian wines

Cooking Demonstration “The Two Nancys” Celebrity Chefs Nancy Silverton & Nancy Oakes
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and paired with the wines from “The Two Jeffs” – Jeff Stewart of Hartford Court and Jeff Mangahas of Williams Selyem – and cuisine of famed chefs and good friends Nancy Silverton/Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza Los Angeles and Nancy Oakes/Boulevard San Francisco.

Historical Focus
Family Tree – Scions of Family Wineries

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
This seminar brings together second and third generation winemakers and their winemaker parents to share their secrets, stories and wines.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:
David & Laura Long – David Arthur Vineyards
Doug & Ryan Hill – Hill Family Vineyards

SUNDAY, June 10
Varietal Focus – Champagne & Caviar
Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Hosted by Master Sommeliers Rob Bigelow and Patrick Okubo with Christopher Klapp of Petrossian Caviar. Sample the finest in caviars alongside paired Champagnes.

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller of Food TV fame and a Frenchman classically trained by France’s top Chefs, will present his French-inspired healthy cuisine paired with wines of and James Hall of Patz & Hall Winery.

Varietal Focus:
“World Famous” Pinot Noir Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Top Pinot Noir producers gather to showcase their premium vintages and share their passion for this illustrious varietal.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:
James Hall – Patz & Hall
Jeff Mangahas – Williams Selyem Winery
Jeff Stewart – Hartford Court Winery
Michael Browne – Cirq
Nico Cueva – Kosta Browne

Seafood Festival
Sponsored by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card and Mileage Plan

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Beach House Lawn – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
14 of Maui’s Top Restaurants showcase a seafood specialty and culinary creation in competition for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best of the Fest” award. Hawaiian entertainment provided by Nuff Sedd.
Restaurants confirmed to date:
Fleetwoods on Front St.
Joey’s Kitchen
Japengo
Mauka Makai
Pacific’o
Roy’s Ka’anapali
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
The Banyan Tree
The Mill House
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Wailea
Gannon’s
Hula Grill Ka‘anapali
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a
UH Maui Culinary Arts Program

Again, for information on accommodations packages and travel information or to purchase your tickets online please visit www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.

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