PupuPalooza Appetizer Contest

Jasmine Silverstein, of Sweet Cane Cafe in Hilo, presenting Ulu Chips at PupuPalooza 2014. Photo credit: Asim Kaleem

The Puna Culinary Festival culminates in an appetizer competition and public tasting called PupuPalooza on Sunday, September 6, from 3-5 PM.

Budding Chefs, Food Enthusiasts, and Restauranteurs will present one delectable appetizer for your tasting pleasure. Each pupu will be evaluated by a panel of judges and by the public to determine our winners.

All are welcome to attend, taste, and cast a vote for the Best Pupu in Puna! Pupu samples are just $1 each – so pick up your tickets in advance (and come hungry!).

Got skills? Enter PupuPalooza and show us your unique culinary genius. Join the competition as a contestant and share your culinary know-how in a festive, interactive celebration of local food and talent! Check out PupuPalooza Rules and Registration Guide and Online Entry Form for more details. Having trouble viewing the form? No problem! Email events@kalani.com and we’ll reserve your spot!

When: Sunday, September 6, 3-5 PM

Where: Kalani, 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Rd, Pahoa, HI 96778

Entry Price: PupuPalooza tickets can be purchased at the door for $1 each. Attendees present one ticket to contestants for a taste of their pupu. Non-perishable donations to Hawaii Island Food Basket are warmly welcomed!

Prizes:

Two-time PupuPalooza winners Lori and Daron Kong of Aloha Lehua Cafe in Pahoa, and family. Photo credit: Asim Kaleem

BEST OVERALL PUPU
Lifetime Membership to The Market at Kalani ($1,000 value), Dinner for 2 at Kalani

SUISAN PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
One-Year Membership to The Market at Kalani (plus 6 additional bonus months), Spa Day at Kalani for 2

MOST CREATIVE
Dinner for 2 at Kalani, $50 Paradise Restaurant Supply Gift Certificate, courtesy of Suisan

BEST PRESENTATION
Dinner for 2 at Kalani, $25 Kaleo’s Gift Certificate, courtesy of Suisan

BEST USE OF LOCAL INGREDIENTS
Dinner for 2 at Kalani, $25 Ning’s Gift Certificate, courtesy of Suisan

First time at Kalani? Park in the free event parking lot and head into our main event space.