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Wednesday, June 4, 2003



A tribute to
the gnarly knob




Garlic & Ginger Festival

Date: 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday
Place: Ward Warehouse outer parking lots
Admission: $3, to benefit the Red Cross and Palama Settlement
Call: 545-4195



The thing about garlic is, it doesn't grow in Hawaii. This means a fund-raising festival honoring the noble clove is all well and good, but how about sharing the attention with something made in Hawaii?

And so, the Hawaii Garlic Festival this year becomes the Hawaii Garlic & Ginger festival.

The first garlic festival was held in 1999, a benefit for the Carole Kai Charities. By the next year it had split into two events, one at the Ward Centre complex, the other run by Kai and last held at the Waikiki Shell.

It is the Ward festival that has expanded to include ginger. "That idea came from the chefs," said Lisa A. Kim, organizer of the event. "They said, 'You've got to promote something that's local.' "

It's a good match, Kim said, considering the number of dishes that pair garlic and ginger.

"I think we're going to be able to offer more variety to people. Now the chefs say they can be more versatile."

Last year's event drew 5,000 people on a work night, raising about $20,000. This year's event, although on Tuesday, precedes the Kamehameha Day holiday, so the space has been doubled in anticipation of a bigger crowd, Kim said.

Ten restaurants will sell garlic-and-ginger specialties. Wash it all down with wine, beer, martinis and margaritas.

Other attractions include a Garlic & Ginger Lover's Store, garlic-oil massages by Serenity Spa and entertainment by Hulili, H20 and Simplisity.



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