Get your chopsticks ready, poke fans: The second annual Honolulu PokeFest is happening Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 with an onolicious lineup from 15 of your favorite poke shops. Plus voting for crowd favorite poke, a Poke Pound eating contest with a grand prize trip for two to Las Vegas, and a craft beer bar from Kona Brewing Co. — it's the ultimate local food event of the year!
Picture this: Poke, poke, everywhere in the shaded parking next to the Park Lane luxury condos at Ala Moana Center. Admission is free and you'll browse multiple poke creations on offer from 15 top poke shops across the island including Alicia’s Market from Kalihi, Moiliili's Ahi Assassins, The Hibachi from Kailua, Aloha Cones of Honolulu, Tanioka’s of Waipahu, downtown's Aloha Poke Shop, Pearl City's Poke on Da Run, Hawaii Sushi from Kapahulu, Cooke Street Market and more — we're signing on new vendors every day, so check back.
New this year is the Poke Pass booklet. A $50 Poke Pass gets you 10 appetizer portions of poke from the poke shops of your choice; the $35 Poke Pass gets you 6 appetizer servings. Poke Pass lines at each vendor booth will be shorter and faster than regular lines. You can pre-purchase your Poke Pass online at the PokeFest website.
If you love poke and you're a fast eater, you'll want to test your skills at the first-ever Poke Pound eating contest presented by nomnom, Hawaii's newest convenience store. Whoever can eat a poke bowl the fastest will win a pair of round-trip tickets to Las Vegas courtesy of Vacations Hawaii. And everybody will get to vote for their favorite poke of the day. Let's see which poke shop reigns supreme!
No PokeFest would be complete without beer, so you'll be able to quench your thirst with local brews from Kona Brewing. If distilled spirits are your thing, there'll be a lineup from Iichiko Shochu as well.
A portion of proceeds will benefit Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, a local nonprofit organization that educates and inspires communities to care for our coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups. If you want to help or find out more, Sustainable Coastlines will be there with info about waste management and environmental awareness.
See you at the PokeFest!