All the eats at Saturday’s Rice Fest

Rice is in everything from poke bowls and burritos to dessert


Get your chopsticks ready: The 10th annual Rice Festival is coming to Ward Village this Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 from 3 to 9 p.m. The green lawns of Victoria Ward Park will play host to live entertainment, local products and rice merch available for purchase — and of course, food booths serving up rice in every onolicious way imaginable. 

Here’s all that’s happening. Scroll on for a taste of all the featured dishes. 


3 p.m. Rice Fest begins, opening hosted by 94.7 KUMU’s “Bruddah” Bryan
3:05-3:25 p.m. Beatbox performance by Jason Tom
3:30-4 p.m. Lion Dance performance by Asian Lion Dance Team
4-4:30 p.m. Ukulele performance by Karlie Goya
4:30-5 p.m. Taiko drumming performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
5 p.m. Eating contest registration (for all three events) begins at the Hospitality Tent next to the stage on a first come, first served basis
5-6 p.m. Ukulele performances by Ukulele Hale
6-6:10 p.m. A word from beneficiary Lanakila Pacific
6:10-6:30 p.m. Cooking demonstration with La Tour Cafe’s chef Chris Gee and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum
6:30-6:55 p.m. Fifth annual Poke Bowl Eating Competition, presented by Jun’s Awesome Hot Sauce, featuring poke bowls from Chef Chai
7-7:30 p.m. Ukulele performance by Honoka
7:30-7:55 p.m. Third Annual Loco Moco Eating Competition presented by Rainbow Drive-In
8-8:30 p.m. Musical performance by multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Mark Yamanaka
8:30-8:55 p.m. 10th Annual Spam Musubi Eating Competition presented by L&L Hawaii
9 p.m. Rice Fest concludes 


Da Hub (Kealoa Seafoods)

Da Hub fried rice
Li hing and Sriracha fried rice
Da Hub candy poke
Da Hub musubi in a cup

Li Hing Mui N Sriracha fried rice, Dasubi, Musubi in a Cup

Ganesh Dosa 

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free crepes

Got’z Grinds

Assorted musubis

Hawaiian Honey Cones

Organic corn cane cones filled with Hokkaido-style vanilla ice cream

Island’s Finest Shave Ice

Shave ice with mochi balls

JSY Designs 808

Musubi earrings

Jun’s Awesome Hot Sauce

Complimentary tastings of Hawaii’s newest locally produced hot sauce

Off the Hook Poke Market

Off the Hook poke bowl

Cold ginger ahi poke bowls

Nohea’s Kitchen 

Tahitian curry rice: Rice, vegetable stock, curry powder, mixed vegetables, local tomatoes, Tahitian chutney, local apple banana

The Pig & The Lady / Piggy Smalls

Pig and the Lady assorted dishes

Exclusive rice dishes for Rice Fest, plus assorted banh mi sandwiches, noodles and pho

Poke for the People Express

poke bowl

Poke for the People sundae
Poke sundae

Poke sundaes and poke bowls: California, spicy tuna, spicy shrimp, ninniku goma ahi, wasabi masago and the “Original” Papa’s ginger onion poke 

Rainbow Drive-In

Rainbow Drive-In loco moco
Mini loco moco plate
Rainbow Drive-In chili rice
Mini chili rice bowl

Mini loco moco plates and mini chili rice bowls

The Rice Factory

Japanese rice samples

Seoul Mix 2.0

Seoul Mix bowl

Seoul Mix Kim bap

Assorted kim bap (Korean sushi rolls)

Sumo Musubi Maker

Sumo musubi maker

SPAM musubi makers

Sweet Creams

Sweet Creams loco coco

Sweet Creamy loco moco


Tatsuo fried rice

Ginger onion fried rice, garlic fried rice with chicken

Tzu Chi USA (in the Lanakila Pacific booth)

Jing-Si instant rice

Two Ladies Kitchen (in the VH07V booth)

6-piece mochi variety pack (limited quantities)

Ulu’s Lemonade 

Rice candy lemonade

Unagi Don

Bubu rice arare-covered unagi skewers

Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi

Poi mochi 

VH07V | Revolution

Official 2019 Rice Fest shirts will be sold here, in addition to the popular VH07V lineup of designs. A limited quantity of mochi variety packs (6 pieces) from Two Ladies Kitchen will be sold at this booth. Cash only, while supplies last.

Wahoo’s Hawaii

Wahoo’s Burger
Wahoo burrito with brown rice

Burrito with brown rice, taco salad with brown rice, tacos and Wahoo’s Burger

Yum Sap

Yum sap red curry
Red curry
Yum Sap summer rolls
Summer rolls
Yum sap mango sticky rice
Mango and sticky rice
Yum Sap Panang curry
Panang curry

Red curry with sticky, jasmine or brown rice; Panang curry with sticky, jasmine or brown rice; pork salad with sticky, jasmine or brown rice; mango and sticky rice, rice noodle salad, summer rolls, tapioca pudding


Dillingham Saimin
Goma Tei Hawaii
Heart 2 Table
Lanakila Pacific 
Love and Limes
Lucky Owl Car Rental
Maile’s Thai Bistro
Novel-T World
Zach’s Event Catering