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Featured Chef and Vendors will be announced soon!

Thank you to our 2023 Featured Chef & Vendors

Featured Chef: Executive Chef Victor Palma

This year A Taste of Hilo chose Executive Chef Victor Palma of the Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort as our featured chef who will be specially curating a Braised Short Rib with locally raised Big Island Beef. Chef Victor recognizes the parallels between his Mexican roots and Hawai’i’s culture of genuine hospitality, culinary traditions, and the human connections that are formed through food. From the very start of his new role at Kona Village, Chef Victor has immersed himself in Hawai’i’s rich culinary culture, cultivating relationships with local purveyors, farmers, and fellow chefs. Nearly 70% of all ingredients used at the restaurants on the resort’s site are supplied from Hawaii Island’s local farmers and fishermen. For this is also the reason we chose Chef Victor Palma to further highlight the partnerships and support of our local ranchers, farmers, and fishermen. Chef Victor aims to express Hawaii’s food heritage in an authentic way while incorporating his unique approach to dining. We look forward to having you join us for the 25th annual A Taste of Hilo event.

Featured Event Dish
Braised Short Rib: Ancho chile and black garlic puree, Crunchy quinoa and porcini powder

We are excited to have a wonderful list of vendors attending this year’s Taste of Hilo. Come and try delicious offerings from these talented establishments!

  • Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawaii
  • Café Pesto
  • Coca-Cola Bottling of Hawaii
  • Cupcakes Boom!
  • Hawaii Community College, Culinary Arts
  • Hawaii Island Gourmet Products
  • Hilo Brewing Co.
  • Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, WSW
  • Hilo Medical Center
  • Islander Sake
  • Jaw Jackers
  • Johnson Brothers of Hawaii
  • Kilauea Lodge
  • Lucky’s Lunch Shop
  • Maebo Noodle Factory
  • Maona’s Inc.
  • Nani Mau
  • Ola Brew Co
  • Oyatsu Hawaii
  • Pepsi Beverages Company
  • Republic National Distribution Company
  • Short N Sweet Bakery & Deli
  • Sodexo
  • Sweet Cane Café
  • Tenkatori Hilo
  • The Cherry Company
  • Volcano Winery
  • Waiakea Water
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