Today, I attended the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival mahalo luncheon hosted by Chef Roy Yamaguchi at his Waikiki restaurant and learned the inaugural event raised $250,000 for its beneficiaries – Hawaii Ag Foundation ($140,000) and Culinary Institute of the Pacific ($100,000). The festival also gave partners Paepae O Heeia and Papahana Kuaola checks of $5,000 each.
Event co-chairs (and chefs) Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, were quick to thank the many individuals, companies, and sponsors involved who gave their time and resources to make it possible.
They also announced the dates of the 2nd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival which will be September 6-8, 2012. Save the date and check their website for further details.
As a lover of food, I still can’t believe I was away on business and unable to attend this year’s festivities. However, after hearing all the positive comments, I’m certainly looking forward to a delicious event next year.
Congratulations to all!