For the past few years, the Ka’anapali Beach Resort Association presented a weeklong event called Ka’anapali Fresh, showcasing Maui products and creativity of their chefs. Since it took place at the end of August and led into Labor Day weekend and the first of the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival’s events, the organizations joined forces to create a new, signature Maui event.
Maui on My Mind took place on the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s sprawling Black Rock lawn, which provided a beautiful oceanfront backdrop and ample space for hundreds of guests to wander, sip and eat. Nine renowned chefs took locally grown, raised and caught products and made exquisite new dishes; nine winemakers from around the world offered a variety of wines for pairing. Mixologist Chandra Lucariello of Southern Wine & Spirits and Aaron Alcala-Mosley of Cow Pig Bun created refreshing cocktails that were big hits with the crowd.
The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival runs through Sept. 13. After events on Hawai‘i Island and Maui this week, it arrives on Oahu on Wednesday, Sept. 9, For our full coverage of the festival, visit frolichawaii.com/hawaii-food-and-wine-festival.
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