Barfly: Kapalua Wine & Food Fest celebrates 40 years with scaled back lineup

Barfly: Kapalua Wine & Food Fest celebrates 40 years with scaled back lineup

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is back with its 40th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival this week, although COVID-19 has drastically affected the number and scale of events scheduled in West Maui this year.

Here’s the current lineup; keep in mind that coronavirus protocols will be in place for all events, and limited tickets available mean a number of them have already sold out.

Check out the complete schedule, with menus for each event, at the KWFF website.

Wednesday, June 9

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar presents a wine tasting and appetizer food and wine pairing with Adam Lee of Siduri Wines and master sommelier Michael Jordan.

Experience the subtle nuances of flavor pairings with renowned winemaker Adam Lee of Siduri Wines and master sommelier Michael Jordan. A perfectly curated menu of crafted bites by the culinary superstars of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar.


Thursday, June 10

Montage Kapalua Bay presents a Champagne Laurent-Perrier and Haleakala Creamery pairing seminar from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by additional sessions from 4 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.

Only 20 seats per session are available.

Join this panel session with Naomi Smith, western regional manager for Champagne Laurent-Perrier, and longtime cheese instructor Rebecca Woodburn-Rist, who will take you through a delicious pairing seminar with the beautiful cheeses of Haleakala Creamery, Maui’s goat farm creamery.

Tickets are $135 per person; call (808) 662-6699 for reservations.

AT THE Banyan Tree Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, winemakers Jeff Stewart from Hartford Court and Chris Carpenter of Cardinale, La Jota & Mt. Brave Wineries will be joined by master sommelier Michael Jordan for a winemaker dinner.

Two seatings will be offered, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday.

This expects to be an unparalleled, 5-course gourmet feast paired with award-winning vintages from two of the wine world’s most highly rated vintners. 

Tickets are $275 per person; email lani.clarion@ritzcarlton.com for reservations.

Friday, June 11

Taverna Restaurant will host a winemaker dinner featuring David Arthur Vineyards and winemaker David Long at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Chef Roger Stettler will present a traditional Italian Feast in four courses, expertly paired with David Arthur’s finest vintages: Annalye Rose, Meritaggio and Three Acre Cabernet Sauvignon… PLUS a special surprise finale! 


Saturday, June 12

Montage Kapalua Bay presents an Al Fresco Champagne Lunch at Cliff House from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Naomi Smith, western regional manager of Champagne Laurent-Perrier,
and the talented culinary team at the Montage Kapalua Bay, led by
executive chef Eric Faivre, will prepare a beautiful luncheon
with five Laurent-Perrier Champagnes, including an exclusive vertical
of the prestige cuvée of the house Grand Siecle!

Tickets for this exclusive event are $350 per person. Call (808) 662-6699 for reservations.

ALSO ON Saturday, Justin Vineyards presents a Walkabout Tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Plantation House Restaurant.

Executive Chef Jared Krausen’s island-inspired creations will be served in side-by-side pairings with Justin Vineyards premier wines. Attendees will enjoy a spectacular outdoor setting on the Lower Lawn of the award-winning Plantation Course.

Tickets are $149 per person. Click here to purchase online.