Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star hotel on Hawaii Island, has announced the return of its annual event, Chef Fest from Nov. 13 to 16.  The Smart Meetings team recently had the opportunity to get a taste of the event at a launch dinner hosted at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco.

Now in its ninth year, Chef Fest is a multiday food and wine event featuring some of the country’s best culinary talent, mixologists and winemakers. Groups enjoy freshly prepared meals from award-winning chefs, paired with fine wines from leading vintners; sip craft cocktails by the pool; and experience one-of-a-kind interactions—all in an intimate, beachfront setting.

Eat and Drink

The Mission Statement cocktail from Four Seasons San Francisco’s brand new cocktail menu.

Thomas Bellec, executive chef of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, will be in attendance, along with an impressive lineup of celebrity guest chefs. Bellec is a 20-year Four Seasons veteran and member of Les Maitres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France).

Most food and beverage ingredients will be sourced from Hawaii Island—within 75 miles of Hualalai, and meals come farm-to-table, while master winemakers, sommeliers and mixologists will be on hand to match the perfect wine and cocktail for each meal.

Groups can meet for sit-down service or mingle during a relaxed, “toes-in-the-sand,” chef-led beach cookout. Chef talks are a part of each service.

Play and Learn

Chef Fest isn’t just about magnificent food and drink. Groups have the opportunity each day to try a variety of activities, such as bocce and brunch with the chefs; cocktail demonstrations and mixology classes; interactive cooking classes, led by leading chefs; a wine-blending class; a rare wine-tasting event and Haku Lei-making lessons with a master lei maker.