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Hawaii Governor announces dates for fourth annual food and wine festival

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In a press release received today (April 30) Governor Neil Abercrombie announced that the dates of Hawaii’s fourth annual Food and Wine Festival (HFWF) will be August 29 – September 7, 2014. The festival, which is co-founded by two home grown sons James Beard Award-winning chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, will star more than 80 internationally-renowned chefs and personalities from the around the world.

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Slated to participate are chefs Michelle Bernstein (Michy’s, Miami), Jose Garces (Garces Group, Philadelphia), Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Waikiki, Honolulu), Charles Phan (The Slanted Door, San Francisco), Andy Ricker (PokPok, Portland), Sheldon Simeon (MIGRANT Maui), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar, New York), and Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, New York), and Sang Yoon (Lukshon, Los Angeles). HFWF will also feature culinary talent from around the globe including: Philip Johnson (e’cco Bistro, Brisbane, Australia), Yuji Wakiya (Wakiya, Tokyo, Japan) Tetsuya Wakuda (Tetsuya, Sydney, Australia), and Toshi Yoroizuka, (Toshi Yoroizuka, Tokyo, Japan). The event is expected to attract more than 8,000 attendees on Maui, O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island.

“The Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival brings together interests in tourism, agriculture, education, culinary arts, culture and sustainability to promote the Aloha State as a culinary destination and to build relationships extending beyond Hawai‘i’s shores,” said Governor Abercrombie. “Dishes and selections highlight the islands’ bounty of produce and creativity, supporting local restaurants and farmers while adding value to the overall experience, attracting loyal visitors back to Hawai‘i year after year.”

The Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine (HRC) movement started more than two decades ago with a dozen chefs making a commitment to work with local farmers and drive diversified agriculture. Today chefs showcase their culinary talents and offer dishes inspired by locally sourced produce, seafood, beef and poultry. "Taste our Love for the Land" is HFWF’s overarching message, along with promoting the return of sustainability to Hawai‘i.

It’s definitely more than just an event for foodies and worth scheduling for your summer diversions. For more information and to purchase tickets to to www.HawaiiFoodandWineFestival.com or follow them on Twitter @HIFoodWineFest, Instagram: @HIFoodWineFest and facebook.com/hawaiifooadnwinefestival

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