Mar 20, 2018
Noodles In The Neighborhood
Welcome to Noodle Fest Hawai'i at Ward Village, presented by Sun Noodle
On Saturday, March 24th from 3-9 pm, Ward Village will host dozens of chefs and restaurants specializing in all things noodles. We call it Noodle Fest, and if you're a fan of saimin, udon, pancit, and just about anything in between, you're going to want to post-up at Ward Village and bring your appetite.
With various eateries literally lining the road, noodle fans of all walks are in for a family-friendly treat. So what's in a noodle fest, you ask? Aside from a whole lot of deliciousness and competitive eating contests (more on that later) Noodle Fest serves as an homage to Hawai'i's deep-seated history with saimin, the state's official dish. Unique to Hawai'i, saimin can trace its lineage back to the plantation days of old where immigrant laborers shared their favorite noodles, meats, and broth to create a dish that's all our own. According to Toby Tamaye, who helped organize the event, saimin is set to be the star.
"Saimin really is Hawai'i's dish. It's a hodgepodge of different ingredients, (the noodles, dashi, char-sui) all representing the history of the people who migrated to the Islands," says Toby. "A lot of people don't realize that saimin is indigenous to Hawai'i. It feels amazing to showcase a dish that's so important to our identity."
To be sure, the event will feature more noodle dishes than you can shake a fork (or chopstick) at as a mix of Ward Village eateries—as well as a battalion of grab-n-go bites from a variety of restaurants—will be throwing down their best noodle dishes. Add in a little entertainment, perhaps some shopping, and some live music, and you're looking at an unforgettable outing that the family will not soon forget. And did we mention Ramen Walk?
Composed of a mix of local ramen restaurants, Ramen Walk offers both noodle newbies and noodle connoisseurs alike a chance to savor a wealth of ramen dishes, all back to back. "If you're worried about over-eating at the event, a lot of the portions we offer are half or even third-sized, so you can sample and taste a mix of different flavors," adds Toby with a chuckle.
Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't discuss the food challenges on tap for the evening. The event will feature both a spicy noodle challenge and an udon speed-eating contest, where the winner will win a trip for two to Las Vegas. Even if you're not keen to eat your body weight in udon, it's sure to be a top attraction and is not to be missed.
Whether you're looking for an evening of family fun complete with oodles of noodles, or you're looking to dive into Hawai'i's culinary history, Noodle Fest has you covered. With plenty of parking and free entry, this one-day event is going to leave you satiated and dreaming of noodles in all of its glorious forms for weeks to come.
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