4 Island Food Favorites You’ll Find at the 2019 Made in Hawai‘i Festival
Locals know that one of the best reasons to visit the annual Made in Hawai‘i Festival is to get their hands on locally made, island delicacies from across the state.
Photo: Brittany Lyte
Now celebrating 25 years of showcasing locally made products, the Made in Hawai‘i Festival serves up some island food favorites that will have Honolulu residents standing in line for a taste.
Some are popular products and tastes of the neighbor islands that you can't find in stores here on O‘ahu. We wanted to highlight a few of the flavors worth lining up for at this year’s event.
Voyaging Foods develops gluten-free baked goods and dry mixes from Hawaiian-grown heritage canoe plants such as kalo (taro), ‘uala (sweet potato) and ‘ulu (breadfruit). For those who can’t digest gluten, or simply for those who love to bake and experiment in the kitchen, these unique products will soon be your must-have kitchen staples.
Currently sold online and at Whole Foods, the products were created by Brynn Foster, who sought to make an allergy-free, healthier teething biscuit for her infant son. She figured out how to mill homemade taro powder from Hawaiian taro root after learning that Native Hawaiians fed poi as the first solid food to their infants.
Voyaging Foods produces fiber-filled baked goods and dry mixes that provide healthy alternatives to flour-based products and gluten-free snacks.
Steve’s Akaka Falls Farm grows more than 50 different types of fruit on the Big Island. This year marks the small, family-run farm’s third year at the Made in Hawai‘i Festival.
An award-winning producer, they are generous with their samples, letting you taste and pick your favorite marmalades, curds, jams, butters and honeys before deciding which ones to take home with you.
In 2017, the company scooped a gold and two silver awards at the 12th Annual World’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival, winning three of the event’s most prestigious accolades for the Big Island company’s calamondin marmalade, calamondin ginger marmalade, and calamondin lilikoi marmalade.
Salty Wahine will be on hand at this year’s Made in Hawai‘i Festival. You can stock up on this Kaua‘i favorite that’s not sold in stores here, including their flavorful gourmet Hawaiian sea salts, seasonings and rubs. We recommend some of their more exotic selections, including Guava Garlic Salt, Fiery Dragon Fruit & Java Steak Rub™, and their award-winning (and salt-free) Hawaiian Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava Pepper.
Molokai Hot Bread is one of those popular items that every visitor to Moloka‘i simply does not miss (unless the bakery has run out for the day, in which case, you are out of luck). The company’s famous, family-owned Kanemitsu Bakery has been baking hot bread from their secret recipe since 1935. They now operate a food truck on O‘ahu, baking and selling this fresh island favorite daily across the island. If you don’t want to chase the food truck, you can find their bread at this year’s Made in Hawai‘i Festival.
Photo: Courtesy of Molokai Hot Bread
Produced by the Hawai‘i Food Industry Association and sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank for 25 years, the Made in Hawai‘i Festival showcases nearly 400 exhibitors this year at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall & Arena from August 16–18, 2019.