Lookin' for something to do this weekend? How about a fun, food, family festival on Saturday called... wait for it...
The Rice Fest???
I know, I know, I've been pimpin' this event out for the last month or so, and you're probably tired of hearing about it, but for those who haven't heard about it yet (or for those who ignored my last uku million or so notices), I figgah one last push wouldn't hurt right? Hehe!
Anyway, rather than doing something standard like simply asking you to come and support a brutha and check it out, I thought that giving you the details of the event (with photos!) might be an easier sell. LOL! So without further ado... Here ya go!
12:00pm - Rice Fest (at the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace) starts, hosted by 102.7 Da Bomb's Bruddah Bryan
102.7 Da Bomb's Bruddah Bryan
1:00pm-1:30pm - 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Cookin' With Cutty's Chef Barry "Cutty" Cutler and Hawaii News Now's Stephanie Lum)
Barry "Cutty" Cutler (Cookin' With Cutty) & Stephanie Lum (Hawaii News Now)
2:00pm-2:30pm - 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Kai Market's Chef Darren Demaya and KITV4's Lara Yamada)
Chef Darren Demaya (Kai Market) & Lara Yamada (KITV4)
2:30pm-3:00pm - Lion Dance Performance by Lung Kong Physical Culture Club
Lion Dance Performance by Lung Kong Physical Culture Club
3:00pm-3:30pm - Live Entertainment by Heart & Soul, and the Ukulele Hale Keiki
Heart & Soul, and the Ukulele Hale Keiki
3:00pm-4:00pm - "Riceipe" Cooking Competition - Professional Division (including Don Ho's Island Grill's Robert Denis, Kauai Grill's Colin Hazama, Tokkuri-Tei's Hideaki "Santa" Miyoshi, RumFire's Matthew Naula, and HMS Host's Kendall Uyehara).
Chef Robert Denis (Don Ho's Island Grill), Chef Colin Hazama (Kauai Grill), Chef Hideaki "Santa" Miyoshi (Tokkuri-Tei), Chef Matthew Naula (RumFire) & Chef Kendall Uyehara (HMS Host)
4:30pm-5:00pm - Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin
Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin
5:00pm-5:30pm - 3rd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Kauai Grill's Chef Colin Hazama and Hawaii News Now's Minna Sugimoto)
Chef Colin Hazama (Kauai Grill) & Minna Sugimoto (Hawaii News Now)
6:00pm-6:20pm - SPAM Musubi Eating Contest
6:30pm-7:30pm - Live Entertainment by Kapena / De Lima Ohana
Kapena / De Lima Ohana
7:30pm-8:00pm - Contest Winner Announcements
8:00pm - Rice Fest Concludes
All Day (12pm-8pm)
* Live Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt - Compete in this Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes!
* Rice Passport Game - Complete the Rice Fest Passport for your chance to Win a trip to Vegas!
* Rice Education Booth - Learn all about Rice in our educational booth
* Rice Donation Center - Donate your rice to Lanakila Pacific's Meals on Wheels program and
* The Keiki Zone - coloring contest hosted by members of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court from 12pm-4pm, balloons and fun from Bubbles Duh Clown, and games from the Mobile Gamer Guys
58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court
And let's not forget about all of the participating vendors:
- Arturo's Hot Sauce in Hawaii
- Big City Diner
- Bubbles Duh Clown
- Don Ho's Island Grill
- Dr. Maria Stewart (University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor of Nutrition)
- Eastern Food Center
- Hawaiian Kine Seasonings
- Himalayan Kitchen
- KATS SUSHI
- Lanakila Pacific
- Leonard's Malasadas
- Mobile Gamer Guys
- Pelekunu's Teri Sauces
- Primo Sushi
- Thai Kitchen
- Soul Patrol
- SNOW |F|A|C|T|O|R|Y|
- Sweet Charlotte
So wot? Sold? Come on down gang! Hope to see y'all there!