It is more interesting to visit food festivals on Oahu than just restaurants. Taking part in food festivals on Oahu, you can taste everything from farm-to-table fare and Asian specialties such as sushi, dim sum, and adobo. They are also great opportunities for visitors to try a variety of dishes, be immersed in live entertainment, see cooking demonstrations and mingle with the locals. There are 5 food festivals on Oahu you should visit.
Eat The Street
This festival takes place on last Friday of every month, at 555 South with the gathering of more than 40 Hawaii’s favorite food trucks. Visitors can try numerous foods from local shrimp and corn to tropical-flavored popsicles. Besides to foods, there are different activities attracting people including street vendors, live performers. There are up to 7,000 people take part in Eat The Street every month.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (August 29–September 7, 2014)
The world-class Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, the largest festival in Hawaii, was founded by famous chefs and restaurateurs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. This is a great time to showcase culinary creativity used locally sourced ingredients of more than 100 chefs from around the world. Events take place in various locations, however, are mostly centered around Waikiki.
Hawaii Chocolate Festival (Fall 2015)
If you love to chocolate, you cannot miss Hawaii Chocolate Festival in Hawaii. Hawaii is the only state in the US currently growing cacao. The mission of this event is to stimulate global interest in Hawaii’s emerging chocolate industry. The festival will partner with local business, educators, farmers, and government to showcase and highlight chocolate products made from Hawaii’s cacao beans.
Rice Fest (September 27, 2014)
The annual Rice Fest which is a free event, featuring cook-offs, contests, and demonstrations by local famous chefs. Restaurants and street food vendors showcase many variations of rice dishes. The Spam Musubi Eating Contest is a highlight of this festival. The winner will receive a year’s supply of rice.
Mangoes At The Moana (July 19, 2014)
There are over 60 kinds of mangoes we can find at Moana Festival at the Moana Surfrider. In this event, local celebrity chefs would take part in a mango-cooking competition. Besides that, there are cooking demonstrations, workshops, a mango farmers’ market and entertainment.