HONOLULU – The Hawaiian Islands will be as “hot” as ever this fall with the 3rd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival taking place on Maui and Oahu. From Sept. 1-9, join more than 70 master chefs, culinary personalities, farmers, and wine and spirit producers from Hawaii, the mainland U.S., and around the globe at the epicurean event of the year. Enticing incentives from festival partners Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Halekulani, Hyatt Regency Maui, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa, The Modern Honolulu and Classic Vacations will make it easy to travel to the Aloha State.

Notable personalities scheduled to participate in the festival include Iron Chef Masaharu MorimotoMan v. Food’s Adam Richman, and Top Chef alumni Anita Lo,Sheldon Simeon, and Marcel Vigneron. The festival will showcase Hawaii’s enviable bounty of locally sourced produce, seafood, beef and poultry, and offer one-of-a-kind cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and cultural excursions.

Tickets for festival events are on sale now at HawaiiFoodandWineFestival.com, and are discounted through August 23. Travel offers are as follows:

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa – 5th Night Free, plus $100 Resort Credit
Plan a rejuvenating fall or end of the year vacation to Hawaii now with Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina. Travelers who book between July 10 and October 15 for travel between August 26 and December 15 will receive their fifth night free. For more savings, book before September 1 and receive a $100 resort credit. Whether you are looking for a long weekend with family or even an adults-only getaway, Aulani offers fun for all ages. With so much to do, enjoy the gift of more time with an extra night. For more information, or to book, visit www.aulani.com or call 866-443-4763.

Halekulani – Sunrise Package
Halekulani in Waikiki offers a sunrise package exemplifying the perfect blend of luxury and value. Discover the warmth of Halekulani’s personalized service and the award-winning cuisine of its “House Befitting Heaven.” Starting at $1,525, the package includes three nights (with additional nights at $525), daily buffet breakfast for two at House Without a Key or full American breakfast at Orchids (except Sunday, breakfast will be available at House Without A Key only), welcome amenity, nightly turndown service, admission to Oahu’s finest art and culture venues, daily morning newspaper, WiFi access and local calls. For more information or to book, visit www.halekulani.com.

Hyatt Resorts Hawaii – Japengo Island-to-Island Culinary Experience
Discerning luxury travelers seeking the ultimate island indulgence will enjoy Hyatt’s Japengo Island-to-Island Culinary Experience. The package includes a two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Maui and a two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Waikiki in luxury ocean view suites; an exclusive dinner at Japengo Hyatt Regency Waikiki, including sunset cocktails, sake tasting, private kitchen tour and meet and greet with executive chef Sven Ullrich; a couples massage at Na Hoola Spa at Hyatt Regency Waikiki; shuttle service, followed by private helicopter landing on Hyatt Regency Maui’s rooftop; 21-course Emperor’s Tasting Menu at Japengo Hyatt Regency Maui, featuring exotic ingredients paired with fine sake and Japanese beer; sunset cocktails, sushi demo, and private kitchen tour with executive chef Gregory Growhowski; and the Tour of the Stars astronomy experience, featuring champagne and strawberries. The package is available for $6,999 for two through Dec. 20, 2013. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 808-661-1234.

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina – Special Nightly Rate
This beachfront resort on the western shore of Oahu is offering a $290 special per room, per night rate in conjunction with the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival from Sept. 1-9, 2013. Set on one of four white sand lagoons, JW Marriott Ihilani exudes a relaxed Hawaiian elegance that only hints at all that awaits: an award-winning spa, world-class marina, tennis courts with breathtaking views, and a championship golf course.  Rate is based on availability and restrictions apply. Call 808-679-0079 or visitwww.ihilani.com for more information and reservations.

The Modern Honolulu – 4th Night Free
The Modern Honolulu in Waikiki, a trendy escape in the heart of paradise, will make staying longer a little easier during the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. Book a partial ocean view room or higher at The Modern Honolulu during the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival for three nights, and receive the fourth night free. The Modern Honolulu integrates cosmopolitan chic into leisure and business pursuits in Hawaii. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto plates international fare at Morimoto Waikiki and executive chef Scott Toner delivers organic, local and house-made culinary pleasures for poolside and in-room dining. For more information and reservations call 888-970-4161 or visit TheModernHonolulu.com.

Classic Vacations
Whether you’re looking for the ease of an all-inclusive vacation, a romantic getaway for two, time to reconnect with family, or just time to recharge, Classic Vacations will help to meet your needs. Whether relaxation means a tee time at a famous golf resort or a healing spa and fitness package, Classic Vacations will tailor a perfectly themed vacation. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival travel packages are available by calling Classic Vacations at 800-635-1333 or visiting http://www.classicvacations.com/promos/hawaii-food-and-wine-festival-2013.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit HawaiiFoodandWineFestival.com or follow the festival on Twitter/Instagram (@HIFoodWineFest) and Facebook (facebook.com/hawaiifoodandwinefestival) for updates. All information is subject to change without notice.

About Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 70 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawaii’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. Proceeds support the sustainability, cultural, and educational efforts of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Leeward Community College Culinary Program, Paepae o Heeia, Papahana Kuaola, Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation, Maui Culinary Academy, and Maui County Farm Bureau.

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