Food events: eat at the Okinawan drum festival, drink at a Burgundy or Chilean wine dinner
On Saturday, you’ll have to choose from two festivals and a farm-dinner fundraiser:
- 10th annual Wahiawa Pineapple Festival: The town of Wahiawa sprang up to support pineapple plantations, and this festival celebrates Wahiawa’s origins. Expect a parade, jazz, craft fair, and of course, food. El Palenque, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants on Oahu, will vend food, but there will not be pineapple salsa, a server at El Palenque tells us, exasperated.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wahiawa District Park
- Eisa Drum Festival, celebrating a form of dance and drumming unique to Okinawa. KCC's culinary program will dish out rafute (braised pork belly), goya namasu (bittermelon pickles), andasu (salty condiment made of miso, pork and shoyu) and Okinawan sweet potato chiffon cake. There will be bittermelon poppers by Paul’s Poppers and of course, andagi, by the Young Okinawans of Hawaii group.
5:30 to 9 p.m. on the Great Lawn of Kapiolani Community College, www.facebook.com/eisahawaii
- This year, MAO Organic Farm's annual fundraiser is at the farm in Waianae. Arrive at 4 p.m. for the farm tour, then continue the night with cocktails, pupu and dinner by Town, starring MAO's organic produce, of course. Proceeds fund MAO's Youth Leadership Training program that puts young people from the Leeward community through college.
$150, Saturday, May 12, 4 to 8 p.m., townmamao.eventbrite.com
Sunday is Mother's Day! Check Biting Commentary's updated list on where to treat Mom.
The fun continues through the week:
This month’s Third Tuesday at Tango features a Burgundy wine dinner, hosted by master sommelier Patrick Okubo. The four course dinner includes smoked Norwegian trout, a seafood gratin of lobster shrimp and scallops and burgundy braised beef in puff pastry.
$65, Tuesday, May 15 at Tango Contemporary Cafe. Reservations required: 593-7288
EAT Honolulu hosts a dinner paired with Chilean wine. A few of the five courses: langoustine ceviche with a Calcu, Rose 2010; lamb empanadas paired with Montes Alpha, Syrah 2007; dulce de leche layered with puff pastry.
$65, Wednesday, May 16 at EAT in the Gentry Pacific Design Center. Reservations required: 487-7926