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Food events: Taro Festival, Deepavali Festival of Lights, Old's Cool at Roy's


Thai temple eats

The end of the year is quickly filling up with food events. A few that caught my eye:

- This year, Haleiwa Farmers Market's Taro Festival moves to Ala Moana. Celebrate taro from root to pa‘i ‘ai with tours to the lo‘i at UH Kanewai and stone and board making demos.
Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ala Moana Center, 2nd level near Sears

- India Cafe celebrates the Deepavali Festival of Lights with an open-air party and over a dozen of their spread of their curries including nine vegetarian and vegan dishes such as a veggie masala, spicy eggplant, spinach tofu korma, okra curry and mushroom tikka masala, as well as meat and seafood dishes including butter chicken masala, spicy shrimp sambal, coconut fish curry, chicken tikka. All you can eat for $12.95, music and dancing included.

Sunday, November 4 at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. next to Times Supermarket, 600 Kailua Rd.

- Cactus' Farmer Dinner: chef John Memering teams up with Kimberly Clark of Just Add Water, a veggie subscription service. The dinner features veggies from Clark's own farm as well as those of her producers, with not-often-seen produce such as chayote, a light-flavored squash (roasted into a soup and served with charred corn empanada) and yacon, a crisp, sweet root (paired with opah belly carnitas and masa corn cakes). Dessert: cherimoya churros with Big Island chocolate, Kona coffee fondue and guava jam. All dishes are available a la carte, as a tasting menu ($65) or with wine and cocktail pairings ($90).
Wednesday, November 7, 767 Kailua Rd., Kailua, 261-1000

- Jonesing for the good ol' days? Then head to Roy's Hawaii Kai, which reminds us that old is cool again. On the throwback menu (set in a time when Kennedy was president and Sinatra crooned on the Vegas strip): clams casino and oysters Rockefeller, lobster bisque, steak au poivre and baked Alaska.
Wednesday, November 7, $55, Roy's Hawaii Kai, 396-7697

- A fun way to spend Friday nights: the North Shore Organic Farm Film Series. For the next three Friday evenings, tour a North Shore farm, take in an ag documentary and participate in a discussion with local experts and activists. The farms: Waihuena Farm, Kolea Farm and Mohala Farms. The movies: Dirt!, Vanishing of the Bees, Living Downstream.
November 2, 9, 16. For more information: facebook.com/events/435443206513954/

- This Sunday is the last Sunday for an amazing street-food style spread at the Thai temple, but you can still get your fix at the Loy Krathong Festival next Saturday, a festive gathering of Thai food and dance.
Loy Krathong Festival, Saturday November 10, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kapiolani Park

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