Arts&Culture: Ward Village in Honolulu, Hawaii celebrates 6th Annual Rice Fest

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Not a meal without 2 scoops of rice. Homage was paid to the staple at the 6th Annual Rice Fest. KITV4’s Yunji de Nies took part in a rice cookoff –paired with Chef Andy Dalan—together they created a dessert called uber rice.

It featured an ube custard made of black forbidden rice with a burnt sugar crust and an ube Rice Krispie garnish along with fresh fruit. The ube yam adds an earthy sweetness and that purple color. They made the winning dish—beating out other TV news personalities. Andy dalan is the executive chef at Proud Peacock Restaurant in Waimea Valley.  Watch KITV4 video

Rice-lovers lined up in the sweltering heat Saturday for dishes inspired by the little white grain. The 6th annual Rice Fest featured more than 20 vendors in the parking lot at Ward Village.

The festival featured food demonstrations, entertainment, cooking competitions, poke bowl and spam musubi eating contests. It was all to celebrate and enhance appreciation for rice.

“One of my favorites is probably the crab cake risotto, it’s deep friend in panko and tomato sauce on it. They have shave ice with mochi balls, of course that’s good on a hot day like this,” said Rice Fest co-founder Edward Sugimoto. The rice fest also aims to raise funds, rice donations and awareness for Lanakila Meals on Wheels, which serves Hawaii’s hungry seniors. Watch KHON2 video

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