Try these treats at the Made in Hawaii Fest
Some of the products that will be at the Made in Hawaii festival
The annual Made in Hawaii festival is coming this weekend, with about 400 exhibitors. This year, you'll be able to sample 60 flavors of popcorn, Hawaii Bitters, ginger pineapple jam from Kauai, find out Adoboloco's new top secret hot sauce flavor and more.
Some vendors are new; some are debuting new products. Make sure to get there early for the best selection. Last year, vendors like Da Secret Sauce sold out by the second day. Here's what we're looking forward to trying and picking up while we're there:
It's no secret that we're huge fans of these hot sauces, from the floral habanero to the Hamajang, featuring smoked ghost peppers. On Friday, the hot sauce extraordinaire will unveil a top secret new hot sauce made with 100-percent Hawaii-sourced ingredients.
Da Secret Sauce
There's chili pepper water, and then there's Da Secret Sauce. It's potent stuff. The secret? Unlike most commercial chili pepper water, it doesn't have any water in it to dilute the flavors. It's hard to find around Oahu, so get it at the fest.
You'll have a chance to taste lilikoi, mai tai and Kona coffee bitters from Hawaii's only bitters company. You won't be able to take any home, but you can preorder bitters for an October delivery (Hawaii Bitters founder and bartender Kyle Reutner sold out all his bottles at the recent Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans).
Home of the famous Molokai hot bread. The almost 80-year-old bakery comes to Honolulu (after fixing its DOH violations). The sweetbread might not be hot by the time you pick it up, but at least you don't have to go to Molokai for it.
Kauai Nut Roasters
Candied nuts are always hard to resist, especially when they're blended with cacao nibs, coffee and coconut, or dried mango, pineapple and papaya.
The award-winning bean-to-bar chocolate maker will be bringing a new coffee and cardamom chocolate bar as well as a new product: powdered drinking chocolate made with Dominican Republic cacao.
Locally-grown and locally-made pickles, from sweet and spicy pineapple to strawberries to beets.
This Kauai jam company brought their jams last year and I couldn't get enough. This year, they have some new preserves: mango chipotle, spiced tomato jam, and a Sugarloaf pineapple ginger jam using the super sweet Kauai Sugarloaf pineapple.
The maker of almost a hundred different popcorn flavors, ranging from cheezy mac to cheesecake, will be offering 60 flavors at their booth. Some of the new flavors it will be selling: peanut butter and jelly, chocolate haupia pie, dried aku and macnut pesto, in addition to crowd favorites such as Dah Haawaiian (with Hawaiian chili pepper and salt) and Kalakoa, like a fruit salad in candied popcorn form.
This Maui pop maker will be bringing its pops to Oahu for the first time. (If you notice more Maui vendors than usual this year, it's because Maui County gave $1,000 grants to 16 businesses so they could come to Honolulu to showcase their products.) Taste their Lava Flow (pina colada with streaks of strawberry), passion orange guava, strawberry limeade, coconut lime, mocha, watermelon mojito, sugar-free strawberry banana and vegan coconut banana.
Sweet Paradise Chocolatier
The onetime Oahu, now Maui-based maker of chocolate confections will be bringing her signature truffles in flavors of caramel, coconut creme brulee, ginger, and pineapple. Also expect gift packs of kiawe sea salt caramel, dried mango, apple banana and pineapple dipped in chocolate and more.
Made in Hawaii Festival, $4, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m at Blaisdell, madeinhawaiifestival.com
Make sure to stop in at HONOLULU's cooking demonstrations and stop by our booth (right in front of the cooking area) for a special subscription offer just for the Made in Hawaii Festival.