In case you needed another reason to visit Hawaii, the Brews for the Big Rock event of the Kona Brewers Festival takes place on the Big Island on March 8th.
Several events will be held in the days leading up to Brews for the Big Rock, including a Homebrew Competition and a Suds and Sea Benefit Cruise, but the main event will give you the opportunity to pair some of America’s best beer with Hawaiian island cuisine.
“The 19th annual Kona Brewers Festival will indulge both craft beer aficionados and foodies alike on Hawaii’s Big Island Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. The annual fundraising event, held rain or shine on the beach and luau grounds at King Kamehameha’s Courtyard Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, taps up brews from 40 of the country’s best breweries and serves them alongside a host of island cuisine from 40 Hawaii chefs.
The Kona Brewers Festival main event is the culmination of a multi-day celebration that includes a pairing dinner and benefit art auction on Thursday, March 6 at the Kona Sheraton Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay; a charity golf tournament on Friday, March 7; and the Run for Hops race Saturday morning, March 8.
The Main Event: Kona Brewers Festival – Saturday, March 8
40 breweries from Hawaii and the mainland United States tap up lagers and ales, ranging in style and flavor to delight the palate of thousands of craft beer connoisseurs. Chefs from 40 of the Big Island’s top restaurants serve sweet and savory tastes of island-style food, from fresh fish and
barbecued meats to decadent desserts. A hula and oli (chant) kick off the event. A stage with live music entertains festival-goers throughout the day. The annual Trash Fashion Show, designed to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and reusing, shows off whimsical attire made entirely from recycled material.
Tickets to the Kona Brewers Festival main event on Saturday are available in advance only. Cost is $75 and includes a commemorative event mug, ten four-ounce brew sample pours, unlimited samplings of gourmet cuisine and an afternoon of entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase online late January at the event website for a $5 fee.”