Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, this fun, family event is open to the general public featuring a full day of celebrity chefs demonstrating cooking techniques followed by food sampling for the audience, best onion recipe contest, keiki and adult raw Maui onion eating contest, food and products booths, island music and entertainment, and free parking.
The Maui Onion Festival ends at 9 p.m. Special shopping promotions are offered at the more than 90 shops and restaurants at Whalers Village.
KGMB 9 reporters Tannya Joaquin and Lisa Kubota will serve as event emcees.
Last year’s Maui Onion Festival Chefs Recipe Contest winner David Paul of David Paul’s Island Grill in Lahaina will be one of five celebrity chefs featured at the 2010 festival.
The 2010 celebrity chefs include Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Restaurants, D.K. Kodama of Sansei Restaurants and Cane & Taro (Maui), James McDonald of Pacific’O and i’O Restaurants, Russell Siu of 3660 on the Rise in Honolulu, and 2009 Maui Onion Festival Chefs Recipe Contest winner David Paul of David Paul’s Island Grill in Lahaina.
Chef Siu takes Center Stage at 10 a.m. for the first of five cooking demonstrations planned throughout the day. Siu is followed by Chef Kodama at 11 a.m., Chef Paul at 1 p.m., Chef McDonald at 5 p.m. and Chef Yamaguchi at 6 p.m.
Kicking off the fun at the Beach Front Lawn is “Cooking with TV Celebrity Cutty Cutler” at 11 a.m. This is the time for keiki and their parents to learn how to make fresh Hawaiian smoothies.
Following Cutty is The Air Force Band of the Pacific at 1 p.m., Jazz by the Beach with Benoit Jazz Works at 3 p.m. and Versatile at 5:30 p.m.
Center Stage at noon draws the young and adventurous for the Raw Onion Eating Contest, Keiki Division, and at 2 p.m., the Polynesian Hula Show.
At 3 p.m., the Recipe Contest brings participating chefs together for the Best Maui Onion Recipe competition on Center Stage. This year’s Recipe Contest judges include Maui Culinary Academy Coordinator Chris Speere, The Maui News Dining and Food Editor Carla Tracy, Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine Assistant Editor and Dining and Food Writer Shannon Wianecki, and Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert’s host and producer.
At 4 p.m., Center Stage hosts the Raw Maui Onion Eating Contest, Adult Division.
The 21st Annual Maui Onion Festival concludes with a Polynesian Hula Show, The Air Force Band of the Pacific and a Tahitian Dance Show at Center Stage.
On Friday, April 30, Hula Grill at Kā‘anapali hosts the annual Maui Onion Pairing Dinner featuring a three-courses centered around the Maui Kula Onion paired with beer. Executive Chef Scott McGill prepares the menu with a featured dish by, Chef Paul, last year’s Maui Onion recipe contest winner. For tickets call 667-6636.