300 Pounds of Rice Donated to Lanakila Pacific (KITV4)

Original Story: http://www.kitv.com/story/33740326/300-pounds-of-rice-donated-to-lanakila-pacific

By Brandi Higa

A special delivery today to the Lanakila Pacific facility in Liliha. Chef Andy Dalan of Uber Factory in Wahiawa, Rice Fest Founder Ed Sugimoto, and KITV’s Brandi Higa teamed up to donate 300 pounds of rice to the facility.

Brandi Higa, Ed Sugimoto & Chef Andy Dalan

KITV’s Brandi Higa, Rice Fest’s Ed Sugimoto & Uber Factory’s Chef Andy Dalan and their 300 pounds of donate brown rice.

The rice will go toward feeding thousands of kupuna and people with disabilities. ” We feed about 2,000 people per day and that takes two hundred pounds of rice,” said Lori Lau, Lanakila Meals on Wheels Director.

Lau added, “The holidays are a really important time for us. Many of our kupuna don’t have anyone to spend the holidays with. So we’re actually gearing up for our Thanksgiving holiday meal service and then looking forward to our Christmas holiday meal service as well”.

Today’s rice donation was part of a prize won by Chef Andy Dalan and KITV’s Brandi Higa as winners of the 2016 Rice Fest “Rice-ipe” Challenge. Instead of accepting that prize they chose to donate it in its entirety. But so much more is needed to help Hawaii’s disabled and aging population through Lanakila.

“There are opportunities for people to volunteer their time, there’s opportunities for people to give monetary donations if they so choose, and we also have ways for people to interact and do other things with our participants.” said Lori Lau.

Lanakila Pacific is a non-profit organization that builds independence for thousands of people living challenged lives. It offers programs and services that enable adults with disabilities, ranging from cognitive, physical and age-related challenges, to reach their goals and potential, while building independence and promoting community inclusion.

To find out more or to donate, head to https://www.lanakilapacific.org/donate/

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Uber Factory takes top honors in Rice Fest ‘Riceipe’ contest (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Original Story: http://takeabite.staradvertiserblogs.com/2016/09/29/uber-factory-takes-top-honors-in-rice-fest-riceipe-contest/

By Nadine Kam

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Chef Andy Dalan of Wahiawa’s Uber Factory dessert shop successfully defended his Riceipe champ title, taking home first place honors for a second consecutive year during the 7th annual Rice Festival’s Riceipe cooking contest that took place Sept. 25 on Auahi Street fronting Ward Centre.

Dalan, also a chef consultant at Waimea Valley, was teamed with KITV4’s Brandi Higa for the task.

The event featured four chef/TV celebrity teams vying for the top spot, with recipes judged on criteria of taste, creativity, simplicity of preparation and visual appeal. The other teams were Johnny Kai (Treetops Restaurant) and Hawaii News Now’s Lacy Deniz, Maile Sengoura (Maile’s Thai Bistro) with KHON2’s Kelly Simek, and Robbie “Rbz” Acoba (Side Street Inn on Da Strip) with OC16’s Tiny Tadani. All three presented variations of fried rice.

Dalan differentiated himself from the pack by presenting a surprising pineapple and rice crème brulée tart. Rice is used as a basis for dessert throughout the world, but not so much in the U.S., so it did get curious audience members coming up to the stage area to see just how good a rice brulée could be.

And that’s the whole point of the fest, to see this food staple in a new light, look beyond the basics and appreciate rice in all its forms.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday’s Crave section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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KITV Takes Top Spot in Rice Fest Media Showdown

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Awesome scenes and eats from Rice Fest 2016 (Frolic Hawaii)

Rice Fest 2016

Posted to Frolic Hawaii on September 26, 2016 by Tracy Chan

Sunday’s Rice Fest was the seventh annual celebration of the staple grain that is essential to our island cultures. Thousands showed up on Auahi Street in front of TJ Maxx and Pier 1 Imports throughout the sunny afternoon for SPAM musubi and Paina Cafe Poke Bowl eating contests, food vendors and an appearance by the Spamerican! Tour, with a big truck giving out free SPAM treats, T-shirts and other SPAM swag.

The event benefits the Lanakila Meals on Wheels program that helps to feed Hawaii’s hungry seniors. They were on hand to accept monetary and brown rice donations all day.

Here are some of our favorite things from this year’s festival!

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7th Annual Hawaii Rice Festival

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 25th, 2016 to celebrate Hawaii’s beloved grain at the Seventh Annual Hawaii Rice Fest. The event is being held on Auahi Street fronting Ward Centre from 11am to 5pm. A full day of activities is planned including cooking and eating competitions, live entertainment, yummy food, and more!

Brown rice donations will be accepted for Lanakila Pacific’s “Meals on Wheels” program, which feeds needy seniors.

Get out your chopsticks and bring your appetite for a one-day taste trip around the world at the Seventh Annual Rice Fest, from 11am to 5pm, Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at Ward Village!

KHON’s Kelly Simek will also be there competing in a cooking competition. Check it out at noon!

7th Annual Hawaii Rice Festival:
WHEN: Sunday, September 25th, 2016 from 11am to 5pm.
WHERE: Auahi Street, fronting Ward Centre
WHY: Culinary and Cultural events for the entire family

Original Story: http://khon2.com/2016/09/23/7th-annual-hawaii-rice-festival/

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Rice, rice, baby! 7th annual Rice Fest happening this weekend

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – This year marks the 7th Annual Rice Fest and will be at Ward Village on September 25, 2015 from 11am to 5pm. The event will take place on Auahi Street, fronting Ward Centre, Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx.

At the Rice Fest, you will experience Hawaii’s culinary diversity via food demonstrations, entertainment, and more. This festival celebrates the world’s melting pot for the otherwise ordinary grain. This daily staple is transformed and infused with new and fantastic flavors that tantalize the taste buds. Rice Fest will include live entertainment, celebrity & chef cooking competitions, and a SPAM musubi eating contest and a Poke Bowl eating contest. This year, the SPAMERICAN Tour Mobile will also make a public appearance at the event.

Participating restaurants include Bao Boys, Chamorro Grindz, Da Bolalohan, Hawaii’s Fried Musubi, Indian Grill, Mega-Load Burgers, Musukawas, Sweet Creams and Waimanalo Country Farms.

One of the primary initiatives for this event is to bring awareness to Lanakila Meals on Wheels, a wonderful program that helps to feed Hawaii’s hungry seniors. They will be accepting monetary and rice donations all day long at the Lanakila Pacific booth at the Rice Fest. Rice Fest is also an opportunity for people from a variety of cultures to come together and celebrate the unique elements that unite them.

For more information, visit www.ricefest.com or find the event on Facebook, Twitter (@ricefest) and Instagram (@ricefest)

Original Story: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33131050/rice-rice-baby-7th-annual-rice-fest-happening-this-weekend

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7th Annual Rice Fest at Ward Village

For Immediate Release

Contact: Toby Tamaye
(808) 497-1228
ttamaye@at-marketing.net

7th Annual Rice Fest at Ward Village – Sunday, September 25 from 11:00am – 5:00pm

Hawaii’s largest annual rice event teams up with Eat The Street and will be held on Auahi Street fronting Ward Centre

Honolulu, HIRice Fest is an opportunity for people from a variety of cultures to come together and celebrate the unique elements that unite them.

This year marks the 7th Annual Rice Fest and will be at Ward Village on September 25, 2015 from 11am to 5pm. The event will take place on Auahi Street, fronting Ward Centre, Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx.

At the Rice Fest, you will experience Hawaii’s culinary diversity via food demonstrations, entertainment, and more. This festival celebrates the world’s melting pot for the otherwise ordinary grain. This daily staple is transformed and infused with new and fantastic flavors that tantalize the taste buds.

Rice Fest will include live entertainment, celebrity & chef cooking competitions, and a SPAM musubi eating contest and a Poke Bowl eating contest. This year, the SPAMERICAN Tour Mobile will also make a public appearance at the event.

Participating restaurants include Aloha Plate, Bake Me Pretty (Tambry and Mochi), Bao Boys, Bao Tao’n, Da Bolalohan and BBQ Grill, Hawaii’s Fried Musubi, Indian Grill, Mega-Load Burgers, Musukawas, Shiga’licious / Aloha Cones, Sweet Creams, and Waimanalo Country Farms.

One of the primary initiatives for this event is to bring awareness to Lanakila Meals on Wheels, a wonderful program that helps to feed Hawaii’s hungry seniors. They will be accepting monetary and rice donations all day long at the Lanakila Pacific booth at the Rice Fest.

Recommended parking is at the Pier One/ TJ Maxx parking garage.

The event sponsors include VH07V Revolution, Ward Village, The Hawaiian Electric Companies, SPAMERICAN Food Truck Tour, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Paina Café, Street Grindz, PROForma Favorable Impressions, Channel808, AT Marketing and Yelp Honolulu.

For more information, visit www.ricefest.com or find the event on Facebook, Twitter (@ricefest) and Instagram (@ricefest)

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6th Annual Rice Fest at Ward Village Saturday, September 5 from 10:00am – 5:00pm

For Immediate Release

Contact: Toby Tamaye
(808) 497-1228
ttamaye@at-marketing.net

6th Annual Rice Fest at Ward Village – Saturday, September 5 from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Hawaii’s largest annual rice event welcomes the team from Eat The Street to expand the number of restaurant choices this year

Honolulu, HIRice Fest is an opportunity for people from a variety of cultures to come together and celebrate the unique elements that unite them.

This year marks the 6th Annual Rice Fest and will be at Ward Village on September 5, 2015 from 10am to 5pm. The event will take place at the Office Depot parking lot, behind the Ward Theater parking structure. The address of the event location is 340 Kamakee St, Honolulu, HI 96814.

At the Rice Fest, you will experience Hawaii’s culinary diversity via food demonstrations, entertainment, and more. This festival celebrates the world’s melting pot for the otherwise ordinary grain. This daily staple is transformed and infused with new and fantastic flavors that tantalize the taste buds.

Rice Fest will include live entertainment, celebrity & chef cooking competitions, and a SPAM musubi eating contest. Featured entertainment this year includes Heart & Soul, Honoka & Azita, the Ukulele Hale Super Kids, and more.

Entertainment Highlights:

10:00am Ukulele Performances
12:00pm “Riceipe” Cooking Competition
1:00pm Cooking Demo with Chef Mavro
2:00pm Vaihi
3:00pm Paina Cafe Poke Bowl Eating Contest
4:30pm SPAM Musubi Eating Contest

Featured Vendors (Taste of Rice Dishes around the World)

Aloha Pops: Japan Ichigo Daifuku Pop
Aunty Nee’s Kitchen: Southern Dirty Rice
Beyond Burgers: Okinawan Taco Rice
The Fish Lady: Japanese Mochiko Fish
Flavors of the World: Spanish-influenced dish
Girls Who Bake: Filipino Bod-Bod
Hawaii’s Fried Musubi: Hawaii SPAM Musubi
Il Gelato: USA Caramel Rice Puff Gelato
Kuuipo’s Lunch Wagon: Thai Coconut Rice with Coconut Mochi Crunch Shrimp
Local Stop: Hawaiian Loco Moco
Mega Load Burgers: Italian Risotto Crab Cake
Milk Tea Hawaii: Horchata Boba
Nani Kore: Japanese Bacon Wrapped Mochi
Nosh: Brazilian Beans & Rice

One of the primary initiatives for this event is to bring awareness to Lanakila Meals on Wheels, a wonderful program that helps to feed Hawaii’s hungry seniors. They will be accepting monetary and rice donations all day long at the Lanakila Pacific booth at the Rice Fest.

Recommended parking is at the Pier One/ TJ Maxx parking garage.

For more information, visit www.ricefest.com or find the event on Facebook, Twitter (@ricefest) and Instagram (@ricefest)

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World’s largest loco moco sets record at rice festival (Honolulu Star Advertiser)

World’s largest loco moco sets record at rice festival (Honolulu Star Advertiser)

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

By Michael Tsai

The smell of greatness was in the air Sunday.

Greatness being, on this most unusual occasion, an ungodly amount of rice, hamburger, eggs and gravy layered one atop the other in a wooden vessel the size of an animal pen.

In keeping with its tradition of going big with the grain, the Fifth Annual Rice Festival set a Guinness World Record with the construction of the world’s largest loco moco at the event grounds on Auahi Street fronting Ward Warehouse.

The Rice Festival also holds the Guinness World Record for largest spam musubi (286 pounds), set in 2011.

With no previous mark on record, Guinness World Records set a standard of 1,100 pounds for qualification. Chef Hide­aki “Santa” Miyo­shi of Tokkuri Tei restaurant and a band of enthusiastic volunteers exceeded the mark by producing a loco moco that weighed in at a fork-dropping 1,126 pounds.

The record-setting dish was composed of more than 600 pounds of rice, 200 pounds of ground beef, 300 scrambled eggs and 200 pounds of gravy and took 3 1⁄2 hours to prepare.

Nearby Dave & Buster’s donated the rice and opened its kitchen for Miyo­shi and his crew.

The accomplished chef said he eats loco mocos often but had never before prepared one himself.

“I eat them at Zippy’s all the time,” he said, laughing.

Rob McConaghy, 62, of Bellingham, Wash., declared the massive mountain of food “pretty amazing.”

McConaghy was celebrating his grandson Braden’s 10th birthday with a family visit to the festival.

Braden looked at the carb-heavy concoction appraisingly before confirming that, yes, he’d definitely eat that.

Over the years, Guinness World Records has officially recognized a number of Hawaii-based bids for immortality, from Kala Kaiwi’s world’s largest nonsurgically made stretch earlobe holes to DFS Hawaii’s world’s largest coffee mosaic (5,642 cups of coffee tiled in the image of Elvis Pres­ley). But Sunday’s accomplishment had a uniquely local flavor.

The classic dish of hot white rice, hamburger patty, over-easy egg and brown gravy was first served up in the late 1940s in Hilo, though people disagree as to whether it originated in the kitchen of Lincoln Grill, May’s Fountain or Cafe 100.

It has since become standard fare in diners around the state, beloved as a stick-to-your-ribs (and your arteries) comfort food and a measuring stick of local identity.

Mary Dixon, 76, of the downtown area stopped to take a photo of the mega-moco under construction.

Dixon said she’s lived in Hawaii for 28 years but has yet to sample a loco moco. Something about the runny egg yolk and gravy.

“That’s probably why I haven’t had one,” Dixon said, laughing.

The record-setting dish was donated to several local charitable organizations for distribution to the homeless, according to organizer Lincoln Jacobe.

Saturday’s accomplishment was not without controversy, however, as loco moco purists in the crowd crimped their noses at the use of scrambled rather than over-easy eggs.

“If you order at a restaurant, they ask how you want your egg,” offered a conciliatory Cesar Panon­cillo, 47, of Kai­muki. “So I guess it’s a preference. Some people might like it scrambled.”

The event also marked the ascension of a new Spam musubi eating champion as 23-year-old Randy Jave­losa unseated four-time champion Ron Lee.

Javelosa, who rode his bicycle all the way from his job at Star Protection Agency near the airport to get to the competition, gobbled seven spam musubi in two minutes flat to take the title.

“I just tried to scarf it down and keep it down,” said Jave­losa, who won a year’s worth of free rice for his victory.

Lee, a 47-year-old Li­liha resident, took the loss in stride.

“I’ll be back next year,” he said.

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PICS: Rice Festival at Ward Centers (Honolulu Pulse)

PICS: Rice Festival at Ward Centers (Honolulu Pulse)

Source: Honolulu Pulse

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