Rice Fest, the huge block party honoring our starch of choice, is back for its eighth year of serving up ricey dishes from around the world. This year packs in three eating competitions, tons of food booths, and entertainment onto Auahi Street like a bento between Ward Centre and Pier 1 Imports.
The lineup of live performances is set to include Honoka & Azita, Ukulele Hale Jammers and a taiko set by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii. The crowd-favorite “ricepie” cooking competition is also on the docket and the stakes are high.
This year’s nonprofit beneficiary is Lanakila Meals on Wheels, who will be available to accept monetary and brown rice donations at the festival.
Free and valet parking will be available in surrounding Ward Village lots and structures.
3:00 p.m. – 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan kicks off Rice Fest
3:15 p.m. – Taiko drumming performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
4:00 p.m. – Ukulele performances by Ukulele Hale Jammers
5:00 p.m. – Celebrity & chef “Riceipe” cooking competition
6:00 p.m. – Lanakila Pacific
6:10 p.m. – Cooking demo by Frank Chun (Lanakila Pacific)
6:30 p.m. – Paina Cafe poke bowl eating competition
7:00 p.m. – Ukulele performance by Karlie Goya
7:30 p.m. – Rainbow Drive-In Loco Moco eating competition, Honoka & Azita meet and greet at VIP booth
8:00 p.m. – Ukulele performance by Honoka & Azita
8:30 p.m. – SPAM musubi eating competition
Be sure to come hungry and eat your way through these curated restaurant pop-ups:
Bake Me Pretty (Tambry and Mochi)
Chocolate dream, ube, and haupia cake parfaits, poi crunch, cookies’n’cream mochi, butter mochi, mochi-covered brownies, mochi-covered cookie dough, and circus cookies
Red rice loco mocos, chalakeles (Chamorro rice soup) and red rice Spam musubis
Da Ultimate Grindz Hawaii (Da Bolalohan)
Chicken arroz caldo (Filipino chicken rice porridge)
Rice water teas and horchata
Koolau Burger Company
Mexican fried rice and enchiladas
Arros con gandules, pasteles, pastele stew
Rice lumpia with pork belly adobo and arancini
Steamed sticky rice with pork belly, Chinese sausage and peanuts
Shave ice and poke cones
Sweet Creams (4 p.m. start time)
Genmaicha and strawberry mochi flavors
Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi
Up Roll Cafe
Ahi lover, sexy salmon, inari tofu, and teriyaki chicken rolls
Saturday, September 9, 2017
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Auahi Street in front of Ward Centre