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Win a trip to the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's longest-running wine and food event returns June 9-12, for its 30th year of cutting edge food, wine, and Hawaiian cuisine, all within the breathtaking setting of the worldrenowned Kapalua Resort.

Long time host, Master Sommelier Fred Dame, will bring several of the world's most famous winemakers, master sommeliers and celebrated chefs for wine tastings, a gourmet cooking demonstration and festive gala functions held throughout the weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

The four-day event themed "A Toast to 30" will have a special emphasis on Hawaii's Regional Cuisine through its continued partnership with the Maui County Farm Bureau.

Tickets to the 30th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival are now available and can be purchased by calling 1-888-665-9160.

Hawaii News Now Sunrise is teaming up with the Kapalua Villas and Kapalua Resort to give away ONE grand prize package for two that includes the following:

  • Neighbor island round-trip coach air tickets for two, courtesy of Island Air.
  • Two nights of accommodations in a one-bedroom oceanfront Gold Villa at The Kapalua Villas.
  • Kapalua Wine & Food Festival tickets to the following highly-anticipated events: The Grand Tasting - Maui-Grown (June 10), A Drive Up Hwy 101 (June 11), and Farm Fresh with Peter Merriman (June 12)

To enter, e-mail and tell us why you should win the ultimate wine and food getaway. Don't forget to include your name, address and phone number. The winner will be announced on Sunrise Tuesday, June 7.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 9

Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation Introductory Class
10:00 am - 1:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
This 3-hour introductory class is a new initiative for the 2011 program. Targeted towards local F&B professionals, under the guidance of Master Sommeliers, attendees will "tour" the great winegrowing regions of the world in enthusiastic detail. The emphasis is on education and fun, and the Guild intends to foster lively discussion among attendees and educators, who, as Master Sommeliers, are some of the world's foremost experts on wine. The seminar spans the entire map of the wine world, including the United States, Bordeaux, Tuscany, Burgundy, the Rhône Valley, Australia, Germany, and more. Proceeds from the class are returned directly to the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation.

Local Industry Trade Show
12:00 noon - 3:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
By invitation only, local wine distributors and Maui-grown purveyors present their newest releases and latest creations to industry buyers.

Welcome Reception
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
By invitation only, this affair includes Festival Master Sommeliers, Festival Chefs, winemakers, media and 4-day Festival pass holders for an intimate "aloha" kick-off to the 2011 Festival!

Friday, June 10

Festival Golf Tournament
7:00 am - Shotgun Start, The Bay Course, Kapalua
Pair up perfectly with Festival Master Sommeliers and winemakers for a game of gently rolling fairways and scenic ocean views with complimentary awards luncheon to follow. Available to 4-day Festival pass holders, media and industry only. Pre-registration is required.

Three Decades of Reserve Cab
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
An unrivaled destiny tasting…Beringer, Cardinale, Jordan and Silver Oak Wineries showcase three of their reserve Cabernet Sauvignon selections; one each from the 80s, 90s and 2000s. Featured Wineries: Beringer, Cardinale, Jordan Vineyard & Winery and Silver Oak Cellars

The Grand Tasting - Maui Grown
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Aloha Garden Pavilion
Join us for "A Toast to 3-0"! Let your palate explore over two hundred celebrated wines from regions around the world and savor the cuisine of local culinary stars and Maui County Farm Bureau Members. Come dressed your best and dance the night away with live entertainment.

Saturday, June 11

Pinots Meet Cheese
11:00 am - 12:30 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Come one, come all…Cheese Master, Kent Torrey of The Cheese Shop in Carmel is back by popular demand! This year paired with Pinots of all genres, you'll experience Pinots and cheese like you never have before. Featured Wineries: Etude, Krutz Family Vineyards, Lachini Vineyards and Sapphire Hill Vineyards

A Drive Up Hwy 10
11:00pm - 2:30 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The Pacific Coast Highway is a state of mind, so come and explore one of the most intriguing drives in the world. Think of this as your opportunity to experience the drinks without having to drive. Featured Wineries: Carlisle, Justin, Littorai, Patz & Hall, Pisoni, Ramey and Williams-Selyem

Festival Winemakers Dinners
Time: Varies, Location: Varies
Wine and dine with Festival Winemakers. For more information on these awe-inspiring dinners and priceless opportunities, please visit the Festival website at

Sunday, June 12

You say Shiraz, I say Syrah
11:00 am - 12:30 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
This is the head-to-head showdown of The Land Down Under vs. Stars and Stripes. Either way you say it, this dark-skinned grape produces a powerful punch! Which side are you on? Featured Wineries: Penfolds, Pepper Bridge, Scherrer, Waters and Wind Gap

Farm Fresh with Chef Peter Merriman
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Chef Peter Merriman invites you to join him for a localized feat of unparalleled farm fresh simple signature dishes. Submerge your senses in this custom dining experience, complemented with extraordinary wine pairings.

Featured 4-Course Menu:

1. Poisson Cru
2. Strawberry and Maui Onion Surfing Goat Cheese Salad
3. Maui Cattle Co. Filet of Beef, Hamakua and Basil-Feta Pesto Wrapped in Phyllo Dough with Charred Tomato Vinaigrette
4. Old School Hawaiian Chocolate Cream Pie

Featured Wineries: Ehlers and Freixenet USA

Maui Seafood Festival
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Beach House Lawn
Find your forte! The grand finale event showcases Maui's top chefs and the bounty of the Pacific! Enjoy wine, beer and spirits while you mingle with winemakers, chefs and friends right on the Beach House Lawn! And dance on to the live entertainment featuring Maui's favorite band, An Den!

Ticket Pricing*

Thurs June 9 Guild of Somm Educ. Found. Intro Class $40
Fri June 10 Three Decades of Reserve Cab $65
Fri June 10 The Grand Tasting - Maui Grown $140
Sat June 11 Pinots Meet Cheese $75
Sat June 11 A Drive Up Hwy 101 $65
Sun June 12 You say Shiraz, I say Syrah $65
Sun June 12 Farm Fresh with Chef Peter Merriman $95
Sun June 12 Maui Seafood Festival $140

4-day Festival Pass $650
Add-on option: Festival Golf Tournament $99

Purchase tickets online at or call 808-665-9160.

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