Mangoes at the Moana Festival
» When: Friday to Aug. 29
» Where: Moana Surfrider Westin Resort & Spa
» Mango specials: Daily at afternoon tea, in the bar and in the Beachhouse restaurant
Mango and wine-pairing dinner, 6 p.m.
Mango festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday:
» 9 a.m. to noon: Recipe and best-mango contests
» All day: Mango-growing seminars, beginner and advanced, throughout the day
» 1 to 5 p.m.: Cooking demonstrations with chef Rodney Uyehara (the Beachhouse), food writer Wanda Adams (ourislandplate.com), chef Bryan Ashlock (Sheraton Maui) and pastry chef Hector Wong (myyellowkitchen.wordpress.com)
» 10 a.m.: Children’s storytelling
» 12:30 p.m.: Body scrub recipe contest in spa (rules and details: 922-3111; ShareYourTable.com; or ourislandplate.com)
Jams World fashion show, noon
"Tree to Table — A Mango Throw Down" benefit for the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, 6 p.m.
Ken Love’s mango-juicing technique
Take a very ripe Kensington, Kona King, Kawaili, Turpentine or other mango. Hit it with a book just to the point where the skin does not break; roll it around on the counter; step on it lightly; roll it some more. Bite a small puka and suck out the juice! Yummmm.
Custom cuisine benefits youth
Get "backyard casual" at the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii’s 14th Annual Walk in the Country Benefit, where a specially designed menu will allow guests to build their own culinary creations through interactive gourmet food stations, along with a premium selection of fine wine and sake.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Lanikuhonua Beach Front Estate in Ko Olina. Highlights include a raffle drawing for lifestyle and travel prize packages, as well as a silent auction of rare wines.
Proceeds from the evening will support programs that serve more than 5,000 youth.
Tickets are $300.
Call 949-4203 or visit www.bgch.com.
Sample sake at Academy of Arts
The 10th annual Joy of Sake returns to the Honolulu Academy of Arts on Aug. 19.
Featuring 250 premium sake, the event gives patrons the opportunity to sample the sake in peak condition. Appetizers, prepared by Honolulu’s top chefs, will accompany the drinks.
The event follows the U.S. National Sake Appraisal at the Hawai’i Convention Center, where five judges from Japan and five from the U.S. participate in a two-day blind tasting.
Tickets are $80; VIP seating is $150. (A tax-deductible $25 goes to the museum for the $80 tickets; $100 for VIP.) Call 532-8742 or visit either www.honoluluacademy.org or www.joyofsake.com.