Six reasons to do something this weekend
Weekend Picks - July 11, 2013
What: Mango lovers, rejoice! Mangoes at the Moana returns to Moana Surfrider this weekend with a sweet lineup of events. Many are free and open to the public, including a recipe contest, cheesecake demo, farmers market, and, new this year, a cocktail mixdown with Justin Park, Christina Maffei, and Jenny Engle using Ketel One and mango as the key ingredients. Plus, enjoy dishes from some of Hawaii's hottest chefs at the Mango Throwdown ($6 per plate or $75 all-you-can-taste) and Keep Calm and Brunch ON, five delectable mango-inspired courses and cocktails created by beachhouse at the moana chef de cuisine William Chen and celebrity chef Lee Anne Wong ($55 per person).
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Brunch served Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalakaua Ave.
Details: Click here for a full list of events and reservation details.
Duck and Discover
What: Go back to school with Discover Kakaako. The evening lineup features arts and crafts activities from Art Explorium, games and music at Playgrounds Organic Café, and storytelling by the Hawaii Literacy Booth (you can also donate new or gently used school supplies here). Other highlights include back-to-school trends and a gift card giveaway from T.J.Maxx, a fashion show featuring T&C Surf Designs and Loco Boutique, and Half-y Hour deals and cocktail pairings from shops like Cottage by the Sea, Island Olive Oil, and TheFACEShop.
When: Saturday, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Ward Centers.
Details: Full schedule, including food and live entertainment offerings, here.
What: Give your next dinner party a serious upgrade by winning a four-course dinner for 10, cooked up and served in your own home by Tiki's Grill & Bar's award-winning chef Ronnie Nasuti. He brings the plates - delish concoctions like this sous vide tin roof ranch chicken roulade with pecorino cheesecake, parma ham, tempura pohole and nalo kale - and disappears with the dishes when it's all over.
When: Entries will be accepted through July 17.
Details: Open to Oahu residents ages 21 or older. Click here to enter.
What: If you've really been putting off your spring cleaning, clear your calendar for Simply Organized's free de-cluttering workshop. An expert from Senior Move Managers and Declutter Hawaii will talk you through selling, donating, tossing, and keeping your belongings, complete with dramatic before-and-after examples and a Q&A session.
When: Saturday, 1-2 p.m.
Where: Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, Roof Top Level, Kahala Mall (map).
Details: No reservations are necessary, though seating is limited, so come early. For more information, click here or call (808) 739-7007.
Shake and Bac'
What: We first wrote about The Tea Farm's addictive ice cream fondue in April's coffee shop roundup. Now, the eatery is offering a free side of bacon (normally $4) when you purchase a fondue, all month long! Just remember to bring friends - one order feeds roughly four people.
When: Every day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through July 31.
Where: The Tea Farm, Puck's Alley, 2600 S. King St., #106.
Details: $25 for ice cream fondue. Free bacon cannot be combined with other offers. www.theteafarm.com
Calling all designers! Hawaii Fashion Month is looking for original bridal and formal wear to be featured in a special fashion show on October 4. Up to four established and four emerging Hawaii designers will be selected. No entry fee required. Details and entry form here.
What: Take a drive up the Windward coast for the Hawaii State Farm Fair to enjoy a country market, plant sale, watermelon-eating and corn-husking contests, horseback riding, and more. Plus, feast on delicious grass-fed beef, locally grown shrimp, and plates from Eat the Street food trucks. Bonus: tickets are also good for half off Kualoa Ranch's signature attractions through the end of the month.
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy.
Details: $5 general admission, free for children and students with valid ID, free parking, full details here.