You’re feasting on black peppercorn-crusted Kona kampachi and crispy Kona lobster croquette. Live jazz music floats on the tradewinds. And all of this happens with a view of the sunset and early evening skies off the cliffs high above Kauai’s Anini Beach.
If any of this sounds appealing AND you’re on Kauai this weekend, the 4th annual Westin Princeville Jazz & Wine Festival could be how you spend your Saturday evening The culinary event happens Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. on the main lawn of the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas’ overlooking the ocean.
The annual event will feature a selection of wines, a variety of island-inspired dishes from many of Kauai’s most popular restaurants served up grazing-style, and live, contemporary jazz music. A silent auction will offer up Westin Princeville hotel stays, airfare, activities, dining certificates and more, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Kauai Lifeguard Association, a nonprofit dedicated to saving lives and promoting water safety on Kauai.
Among the fest’s participating restaurants (and their menu offerings) are: Merriman’s Poipu (seared ono with heart of palm puree, black peppercorn-crusted smoked Kona kampachi), BarAcuda (grilled lamb riblets with French feta cheese), Hukilau Lanai (Kauai shrimp tortellini, smoked coconut cheesecake) the St. Regis Princeville (crispy Kona lobster croquette, fresh Kauai prawns and mushroom spring rolls), the Sheraton Kauai Resort (hoisin sriracha pork rib katsu, pineapple lilikoi tiramisu) and the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas (braised beef short ribs, kalua duck lumpia).
The fest’s wine offerings will include vintages from Napa Valley, Oregon, Italy, France, Germany and Spain. Hawaii-based musicians Eric Gilliom, Honolulu Jazz Quartet and Michael Ruff and Friends provide the evening’s live jazz.
For more information on the 4th Annual Westin Princeville Jazz & Wine Festival, or to purchase tickets, click here, or call (808) 827-8799.
Photos: Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas.