35th Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival


A collaboration of Kapalua Resort partners creating a new spin on the longest running food and wine event in the USA. This celebration of epicurean excellence will convene the finest in food and wine and embrace all things Hawaiian – notably – the fabulous culinary bounty on Maui and at the world-renowned Kapalua Resort.

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FRIDAY, June 10

Festival Golf Tournament

The Bay Course, Kapalua – 7 a.m

Champagne and Scooby Snacks Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua | 12:30–2 p.m.

  • Impressive array of champagnes
  • Hosted by Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow
  • Paired with a sampling plate of Chef Mark Tarbell’s ‘Scooby Snacks’

Women in Wine

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua | 3–4:30 p.m.

  • women winemakersHosted by Meridith May
  • Confirmed panelists: Merry Edwards – Merry Edwards Winery, Elizabeth Grant – Douglas La Crema Winery, Heidi Peterson Barrett – La Sirena, Anne Moller-Racke – Donum Estates.

The Grand Tasting - Kapalua Style

grand-tasting-kwff2Montage Kapalua Bay | 6- 9 p.m.

  • Walk-around tasting featuring premium wines & gourmet food from: The Plantation House, Honolua Store,  Pineapple Grill, Merriman’s Kapalua, Sansei Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Burger Shack / The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Taverna Restaurant, Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua Bay, and New Zealand Master Chef.


Family Tree – Scions of Family Wineries

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua | 11–12:30 p.m.

  • Michael JordanSecond and third generation winemakers share their family secrets, stories and wines!
  • Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan
  • Confirmed panelist to date: Carlo Mondavi – RAEN Vineyards/Continuum, Tim Mondavi – Contiuum, Christopher Hyde – Hyde and Sons, Larry Hyde – Hyde Vineyards, Brandon deLuze – ZD, Robert deLuze – ZD.

A Taste of il Mulino with Celebrity Chef Michele Mazza

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua | 1–3 p.m.

  • Traditional, authentic Italian dishes crafted from Italian Chef Michele Mazza’s roots in Naples.
  • Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan
  • Paired with exquisite Italian wines and Kona Crab Timballo: layered with mango & crisp greens; Seafood Lasagna, Deconstructed; Sautéed Kona Lobster Wild Mushroom brodetto; and Panna Cotta with shavings of Blood orange granite.


The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua | 3:30-5 p.m.

  • Taste Iconic wines and visit with winemakers from four very different regions on the West Coast with Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow.
  • Featuring: Bien Nacido – Trey Fletcher, Kaena – Mikael Sigouin, Benovia – Mike Sullivan.

SUNDAY, June 12

Ki Ora! New Zealand Pinot Noir Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua | 11-12:30 p.m.

  • Rob BigelowEstablished headliners & up-and-coming wineries
  • Hosted by Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow
  • Featuring: Brian Bicknell – Mahi Wines (Marlborough), Haysley MacDonald – te Pā Wines (Marlborough), Warren Gibson – Trinity Hill (Hawke’s Bay), and Craig Erasmus – Amisfield (Central Otago).

Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua | 1-3 p.m.

  • Hugh AchesonCo-hosted by Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow
  • Paired with Spanish wines & grilled corn salad, chiles, basil and lime; Crisp kampachi with field pea ragout and herb salad; Seafood stew with fennel and farro; and Peppered strawberries with mint and vanilla bean ice cream.

Ten Year Magic Retrospective - Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Seminar & Tasting

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua | 3:30-5 p.m.

  • Comparison of a young vintage and a ten year aged wine
  • Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan
  • Featuring: Bo Barrett Chateau Montelena, Fred Scherrer Scherrer Vineyards, Ted Edwards Freemark Abbey, and Marcus Notaro Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.


The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Beach House Lawn | 6-9 p.m.
Maui’s top restaurants showcase a seafood specialty and culinary creation in competition for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best of the Fest” award. Entertainment provided by Nuff Sedd.


seafood festivalParticipating Restaurants:
Banyan Tree
Kai Sushi
Oceanside Restaurant
Pacific’o & O’o Farm
Pailolo Bar & Grill
Makena Beach & Golf Resort
Maui Culinary Academy
Hana Ranch Provisions
Honu / Mala / Frida’s
Hula Grill


Michele Mazza
Michele Mazza

Hugh Acheson
Hugh Acheson

Maui Chefs