Hawaiian regional cuisine is blossoming and every Wednesday the Kauai Culinary Market is hosted by The Shops at Kukui`ula in partnership with the Kauai County Farm Bureau from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the traditional pau hana (after work) style. Live island music fills the air; fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables and coffee, along with spices, jams and cheeses fill farmers’ stands.
Unique to the weekly market is the ‘Market to Menu’ chef competition where chefs will be tasked to create a dish utilizing a protein, fresh produce and mystery ingredient provided by the farmers and producers of the Kauai Culinary Market. Chef Sheldon Sato of Halekulani, Chef Ben Takahashi of the Club @ Kukui`ula and Mayor Bernard Carvalho will serve as the judging panel. Celebrity Chef Celeste Rogers, winner of Food Networks “Chopped” Competition will serve as the events emcee.