The Annual Gourmet Event Returns to Kapalua

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival Maui

From June 9th through June 12th, 2022, Maui’s food lovers and wine enthusiasts will join together at the 41st Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. This exciting event will take you on a savory journey through the island’s culinary culture while delighting your taste buds at every turn. This four-day event will be held at the beautiful Kapalua Resort with special events and seminars held at popular venues in the area.

From wine tastings and seminars to prepared meals and walk-up tastings, this spectacular 4-day foodie event offers something for everyone. Whether you are coming from your home in the nearby Pineapple Hill neighborhood or you’re visiting from much farther away, you can also explore the offerings from local, national, and international vendors alike during your visit to the festival.

Celebrating Local Flavors in Kapalua Since 1981

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The Kapalua Wine and Food Festival traces its roots back to 1981. Since that time, this special event has been hosted by the Kapalua Wine Society. The non-profit’s mission is to promote a higher level of appreciation among locals and visitors for fine food and wine. Notably, this festival is one of the oldest events of its kind throughout the country, and it brings together hospitality industry professionals, the media, food and wine lovers, and many others. 

Previously, the event has included golf tournaments, cooking demonstrations, evening galas, and other festivities. For 2022, the festival promises to be just as enjoyable with special gatherings and events with a very special gala held on Saturday night at the Plantation House below the Kapalua Plantation Estates.

 

The Headliners of the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival for 2022

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The Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is known for attracting talented winemakers and chefs from across the world. In fact, this year’s event will be attended by respected winemakers like Jackson Family Fine Wines, Brewer-Clifton, Joseph Swan Vineyards, David Arthur Vineyards, Penner-Ash, Peju Winery, Scherrer Vineyards, Kaena Wines, Hartford Court, and Amuse Bouche and Au Sommet.

Several of the best restaurants in Kapalua will be hosting special dining events including Cane & Canoe Restaurant, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, The Plantation House Restaurant, and Taverna Restaurant. Throughout various events, attendees are offered wonderful opportunities to meet with the Master Sommeliers, winemakers, and respected chefs in attendance.

The festival this year is sponsored by The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Maui Visitors Bureau, Southwest Airlines, Kapalua Resort, Kapalua Golf, Kona Brewing Company, Fiji Water, and The House of Suntory.

Schedule of Events For 2022

This year’s Kapalua wine and food festival will feature four days of tastings, education, and more. The festivities kick off on Thursday evening, and they run through a special farewell event on Sunday evening. Reservations may be required for some events, and tickets may need to be purchased individually for others. Because attendance throughout the event is limited to 3,500 participants, those who plan to attend are encouraged to make arrangements soon.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival 2022

Hartford Court Winery Winemaker Dinner

The Hartford Court Winery Winemaker Dinner will be hosted at Montage Kapalua Bay near the Montage Residences. At this event, you can enjoy special pairings from the winery’s most delightful vintages. These wines will be paired with dishes prepared by Executive Chef Eric Faivre from the Cane & Canoe restaurant. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Several packages are available with a cost starting at $275 per person. Reservations are required to attend the Hartford Court Winery Winemaker Dinner. Call (808) 662-6681 to learn more and to reserve your space at this event.

An Evening with Winemaker Fred Scherrer

An Evening with Winemaker Fred Scherrer offers you another food and wine tasting event to enjoy on Thursday evening. This event will be held at Merriman’s Kapalua at 5:30 p.m. Packages are available starting at $250 per person. At this event, you will have the opportunity to learn from sommelier Fred Scherrer of Scherrer Vineyards while enjoying exceptional views overlooking one of Kapalua’s most pristine beaches. 

Wines that have been hand-selected by Fred Scherrer will be paired with fine dishes to tantalize your palate. The multi-course menu will feature prepared dishes from Merriman’s own culinary artists. Merriman’s is known for celebrating Hawaiian cuisine and for pioneering the farm-to-table dining concept. Reservations are required for An Evening with Winemaker Fred Scherrer. Call (808) 669-6400 to make arrangements for your attendance at this event.

Food & Wine Pairing with Rod Burgland of Joseph Swan Wines

Thursday evening also provides you with an opportunity to enjoy a delectable dining treat prepared by Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar. The curated menu from this notable Maui restaurant will be accompanied by flavorful pairings that have been hand-selected by two well-known and respected wine experts. 

These include Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and Rod “The Rodfather” Burgland of Joseph Swan Wines. Specific details related to the event’s time and cost are not yet available. Check back for more information about reservations as well.

Friday, June 10, 2022 

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Taste Like a Master

Taste Like a Master is an informative tasting seminar that both beginners and seasoned wine lovers can learn from. It will be hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan. The host will explore the fine details of wine tasting and will help you to discover the advantages and nuances of the tasting grid. Taste Like a Master will be held at The Ritz Carlton Kapalua at 11 a.m. The event cost is $100. However, if you purchase a Seminar Package that gives you access to all four of this year’s seminars by April 30, you can save money. You can purchase seminar tickets directly through the festival’s website.

West Coast Is the Best Coast

West Coast Is the Best Coast is the second of four tasting seminars offered at the 2022 Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. This event will take place following the first seminar at the Ritz-Carlton Maui. The seminar runs from 2 p.m to 3:30 p.m. It will be hosted by three respected winemakers from the West Coast and will feature selections specifically from this region. 

One of the hosts is Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton, and he is a 2020 Winemaker of the Year. Other hosts include Lynn Penner-Ash of Penner-Ash and Mikael Sigoun of Kaena Wines. An individual ticket to West Coast Is the Best Coast can be purchased for $100 through the festival’s website, or you can purchase the Seminar Package to save money on attendance to all four seminars.

The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua Winemaker Dinner

Friday evening is your chance to attend a magical dinner and wine tasting opportunity at the Ritz-Carlton Maui. The dinner will be hosted on the stunning Ulana Terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean at 6 p.m. Featured winemakers for this event include Scherrer Vineyards, David Arthur Vineyards, Brewer-Clifton, and Penner-Ash. 

The wineries featured are from the Kapalua Wine & Food Ohana. Carefully selected vintages from these winemakers will be paired exclusively with fine dishes in a multi-course dinner. To learn more about the cost of the dinner and to make reservations for your attendance at this premium event, contact the restaurant today.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

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Brotherhood of Eternal Pinot Noir

Saturday’s festivities kick off with the Brotherhood of Eternal Pinot Noir tasting seminar. This special event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Maui and is the third of four such seminars for the festival in 2022. The Brotherhood of Eternal Pinot Noir begins at 11 a.m and features interesting stories from three close friends in the winemaking industry. 

These include Jeff Stewart of Hartford Court Winery, Fred Scherrer of Scherrer Vineyards, and Rod “The Rodfather” Burgland of Joseph Swan Vineyards. The trio will also present some of their most prestigious wines for attendees to enjoy. Individual tickets to the Brotherhood of Eternal Pinot Noir are $100 and can be purchased today through the festival’s website. Tickets to this and other tasting events are also included with discount pricing through the Seminar Package.

Napa Valley Originals

Napa Valley Originals is the final tasting seminar at the 2022 Kapalua Food and Wine Festival. It will be hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Maui from 2 p.m to 3:30 p.m. At Napa Valley Originals, you will have the incredible opportunity to delight in premium vintages and varietals from the celebrated Napa Valley region. This wine tasting event will feature three notable winemakers from Napa Valley. 

These include David Long of Pritchard Hill’s David Arther Vineyards, John Schwartz of Amuse Bouche and Au Sommet, and Lisa Peju of Peju Winery. You can purchase individual tickets to this seminar through the festival’s web page for $100. Attendance at this and the festival’s other three tasting seminars is also available by purchasing the Seminar Package.

Walkabout Tasting Gala at the Plantation House

You are invited to cap off an amazing day of tasting at the Walkabout Tasting Gala. This event, which is hosted by the Kapalua Golf Course, will take place at the prestigious The Plantation House Restaurant at the Kapalua Plantation Golf Course. Running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Walkabout Tasting Gala gives you the opportunity to enjoy stunning sunset views while you mingle with fellow culinary and wine enthusiasts. 

The event will also feature live entertainment from Nuff Said, a popular local band. Maui-inspired culinary creations will be presented by The Plantation House’s own Chef Jared. Exquisite wines from Justin & Landmark Wineries, Jackson Family Wines, and Peju Vineyards will be featured. Other creations from Kona Brew and Beam Suntory will be on-hand for you to enjoy as well. The cost of attendance at the Walkabout Tasting Gala is $252.33. Space is limited, and more information about attendance is available directly through the restaurant.

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Aloha Brunch

Sunday’s special events begin with a delicious Aloha Brunch at the beautiful Taverna Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can enjoy spectacular natural views while you sample fare off of Taverna’s well-crafted brunch menu. In addition to ordering off of the menu, you can enjoy buffet-style brunch treats prepared by Executive Chef Roger Stettler. The cuisine will be served with your choice of champagne, rose or hand-crafted cocktails prepared by Mixologist Grace. The cost of attendance is $125 per person. Reservations for the Aloha Brunch are available by contacting the restaurant directly at (808) 667-2426.

Wine Down

The festival concludes with Wine Down, which is held at The Hideaway near the Montage Residences. This event begins at 7 p.m. and will feature several tasting stations hosted by notable establishments. Wine stations will be hosted by Brewer-Clifton and Kaena wineries. Additional cocktails stations will be hosted by Kona Brew and Beam Suntory. This will be a fun “a hui hou,” which means “until we meet again” in Hawaiian. Tickets are available for $80 per person, and reservations can be made by contacting the restaurant at (808) 662-6681.

Plan Your Visit To Kapalua Today

The 2022 Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is a must-attend event for food and wine enthusiasts who will be on Maui this June.  To create an amazing experience for all attendees, participation is limited to 3,500 attendees. To ensure your place at the events that you are interested in now is the time to purchase advance tickets to the seminars and to make reservations for dining opportunities. I'll personally be at as many of these events as I have time for, but will definitely be coming for the Gala at the Plantation House on Saturday, June 11th, it would be great to see you there too!

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