Foodies and lovers of all things Hawaiian will rejoice as Don the Beachcomber hosts the county’s first "I Love Poke" food festival and competition on Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. (16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach).The event will feature 15 chefs from across Orange County who will compete in two categories – a traditional “Best Poke” challenge and a creative “Surprise Poke” challenge.
The “I Love Poke” festival, led by actress and singer Tia Carrere as MC, will feature extraordinary entertainment from New Zealand’s Kahurangi Maori Dance group, who will perform their unique blend of Maori song, dance and heritage. The island-inspired evening will also include an auction and raffle prizes to benefit the Rell Sunn Foundation, an organization that promotes environmental ocean awareness through the Menehune Surf Contest held annually at Makaha Beach.
“We’re delighted to host the ‘I Love Poke’ festival – it is a great way to enjoy the spirit of Hawaii, here in Orange County,” commented Arthur Snyder, who owns Don the Beachcomber with his wife, Executive Chef Delia Snyder. “Anyone who’s had Delia’s Ahi Poke Tacos knows that we have a unique appreciation for Poke, as well as many other island favorites.”
A staple in Hawaii, poke (pronounced poh-keh) is a refreshing appetizer or side dish most commonly made with raw ahi tuna diced into small cubes and marinated in soy sauce, inamona (roasted crushed candlenut), sesame oil, onions, seaweed and sea salt.
Tickets to the I Love Poke Festival are $50 Pre-sale General Admission, $65 at the door and $5 of each ticket sale will benefit the Rell Sunn Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ilovemusubi.com.
For more information about Don the Beachcomber, please call 562-592-1321 or visit http://www.DonTheBeachcomber.com/.