HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 6th annual Hawaii Ricefest, a fundraiser for Lanakila Meals-on-Wheels, will be held this Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Ward Village. Howard Dicus spoke with Ed Sugimoto, founder of the event, and Chef Mavro, who is cooking Oursinade.
Oursin means sea urchin, one common but now harder to come by on the French coast. Mavro makes with Kauai shrimp, and uses rice instead of egg, making the dish both lighter and tastier. It's Provence by way of Japan by way of Kauai.
Rice Fest is an opportunity for people from a variety of cultures to come together and celebrate the unique elements that unite them.
At the Rice Fest you will experience Hawaii's culinary diversity via food demonstrations, entertainment and more. This festival celebrates the world's melting pot for the otherwise ordinary grain. This daily staple is transformed and infused with new and fantastic flavors that tantalize the taste buds.
Rice Fest will include live entertainment, celebrity & chef cooking competitions, and a SPAM musubi eating contest. Featured entertainment this year includes Heart & Soul, Honoka & Azita, the Ukulele Hale Super Kids and more.
10:00am Ukulele Performances
12:00pm "Riceipe" Cooking Competition
1:00pm Cooking Demo with Chef Mavro
3:00pm Paina Cafe Poke Bowl Eating Contest
4:30pm SPAM Musubi Eating Contest
Featured Vendors (Taste of Rice Dishes around the World)
Aloha Pops: Japan Ichigo Daifuku Pop
Aunty Nee's Kitchen: Southern Dirty Rice
Beyond Burgers: Okinawan Taco Rice
The Fish Lady: Japanese Mochiko Fish
Flavors of the World: Spanish-influenced dish
Girls Who Bake: Filipino Bod-Bod
Hawaii's Fried Musubi: Hawaii SPAM Musubi
Il Gelato: USA Caramel Rice Puff Gelato
Kuuipo's Lunch Wagon: Thai Coconut Rice with Coconut Mochi Crunch Shrimp
Local Stop: Hawaiian Loco Moco
Mega Load Burgers: Italian Risotto Crab Cake
Milk Tea Hawaii: Horchata Boba
Nani Kore: Japanese Bacon Wrapped Mochi
Nosh: Brazilian Beans & Rice
One of the primary initiatives for this event is to bring awareness to Lanakila Meals on Wheels, a program that helps to feed Hawaii's hungry seniors. They will be accepting monetary and rice donations all day long at the Lanakila Pacific booth at the Rice Fest.
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