6 Food Events Worth Checking Out This Month in Honolulu

The Sixth Annual Rice Fest

September 5

Photo: Courtesy of Rice Fest


There’s a SPAM musubi eating competition to see who can scarf down 8 to 10 of these local favorites in three minutes. If the eating contest isn’t your thing, there’s a cooking demo with Chef Mavro and plenty of other rice dishes to choose from. Try the USA caramel rice puff gelato, horchata boba and Okinawa taco rice in honor of National Rice Month.

Free, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., 340 Kamakee St., ricefest.com


Hawai‘i Okinawan Festival

September 5–6

Celebrate all things Okinawan with taiko drumming, karate demonstrations and bon dancing. Get your fix of andagi, Okinawa soba and pig’s feet soup. Here’s a tip: Park at Kapi‘olani Community College and hop on a complimentary shuttle bus to the festival.

Free, 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, Kapi‘olani Park, okinawanfestival.com


Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Hawaiian Airlines Presents Corks and Forks

September 12

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival 


The state’s largest food and wine event kicked off on the Big Island. If you’re a wine lover, don’t miss Corks and Forks featuring 20 red wines from the Pacific Coast. General admission and VIP access to this event is already sold out! There’s still tickets left for priority admission, which will get you early entry and access to specialty wines! 

$325 priority admission, 6 p.m., Hawai‘i Convention Center rooftop garden, hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com


Burger Night

September 14

You can get more than just a cup of joe at Morning Glass Coffee + Café. Bring your own beer and an empty stomach for this Monday night burger event.

5-9 p.m. (takeout 6-8 p.m.), 2955 E. Mānoa Road, 673-0065, morningglasscoffee.com


The First Annual Moon Festival

September 25-26

It’s time to celebrate Chinese Moon Festival in Chinatown, where you can watch a lion dance troupe, face dancers and a keiki lantern parade. If you’re feeling brave, enter the moon cake-eating contest on Saturday for a chance to win a year supply of Pepsi.

5-10 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Chinatown Cultural Plaza, 100 N. Beretania St., chinesechamber.com


Hale ‘Aina Awards

September 27

Photo: Kelli Bullock


We know you already got your tickets to the hottest event in town to honor Hawai‘i’s best restaurants. If not, don’t miss this celebration featuring 13 award-winning restaurants serving dishes such as Somersault Shrimp, Cannonball Gumbo and Big Top Cotton Candy.

$125, 7-9:30 p.m., The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Coconut Grove, honolulumagazine.com/haleaina