FrontRunners: Cook’s Islands
A snapshot of Hawaii’s best food festivals.
Hawaii: La Dolce Vita, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai’s Italian-food event (June 9–15), is just the warm-up for Chef Fest (October 21–26), which lives up to its name with Seamus Mullen, Amanda Freitag, and other pros in tastings, dinners, and classes. www.fourseasons.com
Maui: The 33-year-old Kapalua Wine and Food Festival (June 12–15), to be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, may emphasize wine, but its annual seafood gala is a must, drawing a local crowd given to dancing barefoot on the grass. www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com
Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii: The ambitious Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival (August 29–September 7) was founded by the local heroes Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong and showcases chefs, winemakers, and distillers from around the world. www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com