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A Toast to 30


“A Toast to 30”

The 30th Kapalua Wine & Food Festival Returns to Kapalua Resort

June 9-12, 2011


KAPALUA RESORT, MAUI, HAWAI`I (April 1,2011) –Hawai‘i’s longest-running wine and food event returns June 9 - 12, for its 30th year of cutting edge food, wine, and Hawaiian Cuisine - all within the breathtaking setting of the world-renowned Kapalua Resort.


Long time host, Master Sommelier Fred Dame, will bring several of the world’s most famous winemakers, master sommeliers and celebrated chefs for wine tastings, a gourmet cooking demonstration and festive gala functions held throughout the weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Geoff Kruth, Rob Bigelow, Jay Fletcher, Michael Jordan, Andrew McNamara and Larry Stone are confirmed to attend as the 2011 festival master sommeliers.


The four-day event themed “A Toast to 30” will have a special emphasis on Hawaii’s Regional Cuisine through its continued partnership with the Maui County Farm Bureau. Chef and Restaurateur Peter Merriman, one of the founding members of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement and owner of renowned Merriman’s Restaurants and Maui's exciting new Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, will be the featured Festival Chef and delight participants during Sunday’s Farm Fresh luncheon where he will showcase his specialty Handcrafted regional cuisine.


Throughout the weekend, participants can also select from an impressive list of interactive wine seminars including a highly anticipated three decades of Reserve Cabernet (wines from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s), Pinots meet Cheese, A Drive up Hwy 101 and You Say Shiraz, I say Syrah. Some of the featured wineries/winemakers are as follows: Beringer, CardinaleJordan, Silver Oak, Lachini, Pisoni, Patz & Hall, Ramey, Littorai, Justin, Pepper Bridge, Waters, Wind Gap, Scherrer, Williams-Selyem and Ehlers Estate.


This year’s Grand Tasting – Maui Grown Gala, held on Friday night, June 10th will feature wines from around the world and showcase Maui’s prime agriculture. On Sunday June 12th the ever-popular Maui Seafood Festival will feature the island’s top chefs and restaurants competing for the “Best of the Fest” prize, sponsored by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, and a Bombay Sapphire mixology station. Both evening gala functions will showcase live entertainment, a bountiful selection of fine wines and a draft beer bar sponsored by Maui Brewing Company.


Tickets to the 30th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival are now available and can be purchased by calling 1-888-665-9160. Kama’aina discounts are being offered through May 31 only.



Kapalua Resort is a 22,000-acre, master-planned community on Maui ’s northwest coast. The resort is renowned for its world-class golf courses - The Bay and The Plantation Courses; 11 residential communities; premier accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and The Kapalua Villas, a tennis complex; the all new 30,000 squ
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