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Kaua‘i Poke Fest Returns in May

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The 2022 Kaua‘i Poke Fest, hosted by Koloa Landing Resort, returns on Saturday, May 28 from 4-7 p.m., inviting residents and visitors to taste the fresh, local flavors of Hawai‘i’s most famous dish, poke.

The annual poke fest features a competition for local restaurants and chefs to showcase the best poke Hawai‘i has to offer with a poke demonstration with James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sam Choy — revered as the “Godfather of Poke.”

Applications to compete in the competition, tickets, and a special room package are now available online at kauaipokefest.com.


“We are excited to welcome back residents and visitors to the Kaua‘i Poke Fest this year in celebration of poke with Hawai‘i’s very own Chef Sam Choy,” said Andy Evers, general manager of Koloa Landing Resort. “Koloa Landing Resort’s 25-acres and expansive Grand Ballroom that opens into the lanai and on to the Garden Lawn, creates a welcoming outdoor atmosphere for enjoying Kaua‘i’s south shore and Hawai‘i’s favorite local dish.”

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Kaua‘i Charity Walk, which supports local charities throughout the island from food banks and family service organizations to distance learning assistance.

A limited supply of VIP tickets are now available for $75, which includes exclusive early access to the poke tasting and meeting the contestants, all you can eat poke, official Kaua‘i Poke Fest merchandise and a live poke demonstration with the Godfather of Poke, Sam Choy. Early bird tickets are also available for $65 per person. General admission tickets will be available at the door for $75. All tickets include two drink tickets and can be purchased online through the website or on Eventbrite.


Special resort discounts are also available for guests who need accommodations. Info: visit kauaipokefest.com or email [email protected].

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