31st Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

KAPALUA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life will once again reconvene on the beautiful western shores of Maui in celebration of the 31st Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, presented by Visa.

Along with, Host Master Sommelier Michael A. Jordon, MS, CWE -- renowned wine-makers and the celebrated chefs of Maui will lead panels and journey guests through world-class varietals and fine cuisine over the weekend.

'Our property is once again proud to offer a stunning backdrop for such a high-caliber connoisseur's event,' stated Tom Donovan, vice president and general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. 'This year's unique collaboration of a Kapalua-centric chef showcase on Friday night is going to be an outstanding demonstration of innovative talent within Kapalua Resort.'

Featuring Maui's impressive farm-to-table movement and globe-trotting gastronomy, gourmet demonstrations, festive functions and impressive, interactive seminars will tempt discerning palates. New headlining events not to be missed this year include The Grand Tasting- Kapalua Style where the Kapalua family of restaurants - The Banyan Tree, Kai Sushi, Merriman's, Pineapple Grill, Plantation House and Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar - will pull out all the stops to showcase Kapalua's premier culinary venues.

Throughout the weekend, participants can also select from an impressive list of interactive wine seminars including a highly anticipated tasting of the wines of renowned female winemaking pioneer, Heidi Peterson Barrett, showcasing a selection of her La Sirena wines; Pinot Superstars from five California AVA's; Spanish focused seminar; a Bio-Dynamic/Organic winemaking panel and Kings of Cabernet Panel. Some of the featured wineries/winemakers are as follows: Williams Selyem, Pisoni Vineyards, Scherrer, Frog's Leap, Domaine Carneros, Plumpjack, Ramey Wine Cellars, David Arthur Vineyards, Hill Family Estates and Word Wines to name but a few of the outstanding wineries to be showcased.

Perennial favorites such as the Festival Golf Tournament, Festival Winemakers' Dinners and the signature finale event, the Kapalua Seafood Festival featuring 15 of Maui's finest restaurants and more will make an encore appearance and will not disappoint.

Highly-coveted tickets to the 31st Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival are now available - with a limited number of Kama'aina tickets also be offered through May 31. To purchase tickets, click HERE!  For information on accommodations packages at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, please call 800.262.8440 or visit their website.

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