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Have a Rice Day!

Join us at the 2011 Hawai‘i Rice Festival on Sunday, September 11 at Magic Island! The festival runs 10AM - 6PM, with plenty of entertainment and...rice!

Contributors to The Hawai‘i Book of Rice will demonstrate recipes and battle it out in the Rice-ipe Contest for cash prizes, rice and bragging rights as the year’s Rice-ipe Champion! Visit the Festival’s website for full details on the entertainment schedule and food vendors.

Stop by our booth and purchase an autographed copy of The Hawai‘i Book of Rice by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi. A portion of each book purchased will go to the Festival’s two charitable beneficiaries, the Hawai‘i Foodbank and Lanakila Meals on Wheels. Buy a book and receive a complimentary Book of Rice rice paddle! We’ll also have unique gift sets for sale: just $18 for a copy of The Hawai‘i Book of Rice, a rice paddle and a Cane Haul Road dish towel featuring an “Ochazuke” design (see photo above; total retail value $24.95)

Here’s a brief schedule of who, when and what’s cooking (all recipes are featured in The Hawai‘i Book of Rice). Learn more about our competitors and demonstration chefs by clicking on the links!

11:00am-11:20am - Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo
Chef Kent Thompson and Hawaii News Now’s Minna Sugimoto will prepare Chef Kent’s Creamy Korean-Style Musubi (right)

11:30pm-12:00pm “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Amateur Division

Leticia Buhr - Cascaron

Cathy Nobriga Kim - Cathy’s Curry Shrimp Rice

Loreen Matsushima - Hurry Curry Fried Rice

Mao Moeng - Chicken Fried Rice

Joan Murata – Ono Fried Rice

12:00pm-12:30pm Judging for “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Amateur Division
Judges: John Heckathorn, Nadine Kam, Melissa Chang and Mari Taketa

12:30pm-1:00pm “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Professional Division

Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri-Tei), Current Rice-ipe Champion! - Quack-quack Risotto (Chef Santa’s winning recipe from last year, Seafood Risotto, is published in The Hawai‘i Book of Rice; this year’s entry is not.)

Chef Wayne Hirabayashi (Kahala Hotel & Resort) - ‘Ahi Poke Musubi (right)

Chef Hector Morales (Turtle Bay) - Island-Style Black Bean Rice with Steak (Update: due to a scheduling conflict, Chef Lloyd Kukino of Turtle Bay Resort will stand in for Chef Hector)

Chef Kent Thompson (retired; formerly of Sam Choy’s Breakfast Lunch & Crab) - Mango Bamboo Sticky Rice Truffle

1:00pm-1:30pm Judging for “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Professional Division

2:00pm-2:20pm Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo
Chef George Mavrothalassitis (Chef Mavro) and The Cat Dish’s Catherine Toth will prepare Chef Mavro’s Keahole Lobster Risotto

4:00pm-4:20pm Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo
Chef Craig Erickson (Napili Kai Resort, Sea House Restaurant) and KHON2’s Justin Cruz will prepare Chef Craig’s Pineapple Rice Cake (right)