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The Shops at Kukuiula Presents the 2nd Annual Poipu Food & Wine Festival

Our Kauai Food Tour -South Shore concludes at Kauai's premiere gourmet farmers market at the Shops at Kukuiula. Daniel Lane photo

Our Kauai Food Tour -South Shore concludes at Kauai’s premiere gourmet farmers market at the Shops at Kukuiula. Daniel Lane photo

The Shops at Kukuiula and Poipu Beach Resort Association’s 2nd Annual Poipu Food & Wine Festival runs through November 12.
Similar to last year’s inaugural event, this year’s festival supports the Culinary Arts Program at Kauai Community College. Culinary skills of Kauai’s premier chefs will be showcased through demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes and food tastings. Festival guests will also enjoy Hawaiian music provided by top island artists and receive gifts and prizes from local merchants, including a free signature cookbook. 
“We are excited to continue the tradition begun at last year’s Poipu Food & Wine Festival,” said Stacie Chiba, senior property manager of The Shops at Kukuiula.  “This festival highlights the unique variety of farm fresh ingredients, local flavors and culinary talent available to residents and visitors on the island of Kauai.  She added, “Besides highlighting the skills of some of the island’s top chefs, our special events also provide financial support to the aspiring chefs enrolled in the KCC Culinary Arts program.”
Event Schedule:
Wednesday, November 8th
Kickoff Event at the Kauai Culinary Market, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
KCC Culinary Arts Program faculty and students will be the special guests at this popular weekly farmers market. The culinary demonstration at 5 p.m. features Mark Oyama and KCC students as they prepare local specialties with Kauai grown ingredients.  Demonstration is free and plates are available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting KCC.
Thursday, November 9th 
In the Kitchen, classes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Participate in hands-on cooking classes throughout the day with some of Poipu’s top chefs in their own restaurants. Participating restaurants include Eating House 1849, Ruth’s Chris, Merriman’s, The Club at Kukuiula, Tortilla Republic and The Lanai. $50 per person per class, includes tasting and commemorative gift. Seating at each is limited so reserve early.
Friday, November 10th
Flavors of Poipu, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Groove to the music of top island artists, while enjoying local delicacies served street-food style. Culinary demonstrations will be presented by Chef Ben Takahashi of The Club at Kukuiula with the Waimea High School Culinary Team and world-renowned Chef George Mavrothalassitis, whose Chef Mavro Restaurant in Honolulu has won numerous awards.  The festive Pau Hana party at The Shops will also include outdoor beer and wine gardens and a Bartender’s demonstration spotlighting Koloa Rum Co. libations. Demonstrations are free with food purchase.
Sunday, November 12th
Let’s Do Brunch, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at this special fundraising event for the KCC Culinary Arts Program. Some of Kauai’s finest chefs will join together in creating a delicious outdoor brunch at the Poipu Golf Course on the grounds of the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa. Dine on the specialties of the Grand Hyatt’s Ilima Terrace, Merriman’s, Ruth’s Chris, Tortilla Republic, Eating House 1849, Koa Kea Resort, Lappert’s Hawaii, Living Foods Gourmet Market, Café & Juice Bar, The Wine Shop and more.  $75 ($50 without alcoholic beverages) per person includes signature recipe cards from the chefs participating in the festival.
For more details on The Poipu Food and Wine Festival and to purchase tickets, visit or contact the PBRA at or (808) 742-7444.