Foodie Events Happening in September 2017

Drink sour beer on Zwanze Day, feast on Asian street food at the Kāhala or dine at Pai Honolulu to benefit Easter Seals.
Ted Allen, host of the Food Network’s Chopped, wil be the keynote speaker at this year’s 2017 Global Tourism Summit at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.
Photo: Courtesy of the Food Network


Now that the 2018 Hale ‘Aina Awards celebration is over—see the list of winners here—here are a few more foodie events happening this month.


2017 Global Tourism Summit, Sept. 19 to 21

Though the 2017 Global Tourism Summit is focused on the state’s No. 1 economic drive—tourism—food is definitely a part of that. At this year’s Global Tourism Summit, Ted Allen, the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning host best know for the Food Network competition series Chopped, will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, Sept. 20 during lunch at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. His talk, “Food is EVERYTHING,” will be centered around the importance of cuisine in promoting a destination. Presented by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, this three-day summit runs from Sept. 19 to 21, with discussions on sustainable travel, holistic tourism, technology and innovation, and market trends.


$275 to $395, with discounts to students and faculty members,


Red Barn Farmstand’s First Anniversary, Sept. 22

Photo: Courtesy of Red Barn Farmstand


The Red Barn Farmstand in Hale‘iwa turns 1, with a special Farmers & Friends event on Sept. 22. The barn’s monthly meal will be a stew-bowl option, paired with a fresh green salad and birthday cake for half off the regular price. For $12.50, you can choose from Portuguese bean soup with rice made with Pono Pork sausage or vegetarian lemongrass curry with rice. Lunch begins at 11 a.m., with pau hana live music from 4 to 6 p.m. And it’s BYOB!


$12.50 for lunch,


Zwanze Day at Real a Gastropub, Sept. 23

For the sixth year in a row, Real a Gastropub will celebrate Zwanze Day, the day when the most sought-after sour beermaker in the world, Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon in Brussels, releases a special beer to only 60 bars around the world. Real a Gastropub is the only Hawai‘i pub serving this rare, sour-style lambic brew. Doors open at 8 a.m. and only the first 120 people will get a chance to sample this special brew.


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$15, (808) 596-2526,


Oktoberfest at Turtle Bay Resort, Sept. 23

Turtle Bay Resort will be hosting its first Oktoberfest festival on Sept. 23 at Kuilima Point, with live German music, German food, handcrafted beer and a stein-hoisting contest. And, of course, there will be the Chicken Dance. The beer lineup will include local brews from Aloha Beer Co., Honolulu Beerworks, Waikīkī Brewing Co. and Paradise Ciders. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m.


$25 for five tastings, $45 for five tastings and two beers, $65 for 10 tastings and four beers, (808) 294-6020,


The Traveling Plate at Pai Honolulu, Sept. 24

Photo: Courtesy of Pai Honolulu


Pai Honolulu will host the final event in the Traveling Plate Hawai‘i culinary series on Sept. 24, with a special dinner crafted by chef Kevin Lee. The private seatings for this event, which benefits Easter Seals Hawai‘i, are at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Limited tickets available. Participating restaurants, including The Pig & The Lady and 12th Ave Grill, offered special, locally sourced dishes to raise money for the nonprofit, which empowers people with disabilities or special needs to achieve their goals and live independent, fulfilling lives. Who doesn’t love dining for a cause?


SEE ALSO: First Look: Pai Honolulu


$150 to $200,


Asian Street Food at the Plumeria Beach House, Sept. 28

Courtesy of The Kāhala Hotel & Resort


Asian street food returns to the Plumeria Beach House at The Kāhala Hotel & Resort on Sept. 28. The event, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature various street food stations on the oceanfront lawn. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 14, Michelin-recognized Farmhouse Kitchen, famed for its Americanized Thai street food, will host a pop-up restaurant experience at the Plumeria Beach House with a special, four-dish sampler platter.


$65 for adults, $35 children ages 6 to 12, (808) 739-8760,


25th Anniversary Bourbon Dinner at 12th Ave Grill, Sept. 28

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Knob Creek with a special dinner at 12th Ave Grill on Sept. 28. Noe personally selected each barrel used for this limited-edition, unfiltered, cask-strength bourbon. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and limited to just 10 diners. The menu pairs with the bourbon, from the Kona cold lobster-whiskey bisque to the Pono Farms pork belly porchetta. Dessert is a bourbon-soaked tirimisu.


$195, (808) 732-9469,