Just feet from Fleming Beach in Kapalua, Hawaii, tents dotted the lawn as the sun lowered towards the horizon and thirteen restaurants presented their best dishes while hundreds of wine bottles glinted in the setting sun.
The Seafood Festival at the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival in Hawaii attracts seafood lovers from all over and as this is one of my favorite cuisines, I looked forward to this gala.
I spent the afternoon relaxing in the pool at the Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences as I readied myself for the forthcoming delicacies.
One of the many benefits of staying at the Residences was their shuttle, which I took as the event was about to begin. I did not have to worry about parking or even driving after an evening of savoring delicious food and wine.Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences, Kapalua Bay
Although all the dishes were delicious, my favorite was the olive oil poached snapper and roasted eggplant caponate with a pistachio pesto (pictured) from “Capische?” followed closely by the salted caramel cheesecake by Chef Ashley of The Ritz-Carlton.
The Seafood Festival was an ideal way to get a feel of the restaurants Maui has to offer and to meet the chefs who create the meals. It’s not every day that you see the smiling face of Chef Peter Merriman as you sample his latest dish or you’re able to compliment the chefs from the Maui Culinary Academy as they proudly present their creations.
When the evening came to an end, my knowledge about food and wine had increased and I left with a delicious taste on my lips. Till we meet again next year…
For more information on the Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences, contact:
The Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences
One Bay Drive
Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
*All uncredited photos courtesy of Matthew Semerau