Jazz, wine, cuisine come together for a good cause

The pristine North Shore of Kauai will be the backdrop for The fifth annual Westin Princeville Jazz and Wine Festival on Saturday.

Jason Sessions, the food and beverage director at the The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort and Villas, said they will be offering more than 20 different wines from some of the most sought-after vineyards around the world, including Italy, France and Australia. 

“We’ll have the Pinot Grigios, the nice bold cabernets, nice sparkling wines and champagne,” Sessions said. 

Attendees will be served extravagant fare, including lobster, lamb, duck, New York Steak, beef short ribs and frozen dragon fruit, among other delights prepared by the island’s premier chefs from the Westin’s Princeville Nanea Restaurant and Bar, Wailele Bar and Kauai Grille, to name a few.

The backdrop of the event will feature lively jazz music performed throughout the evening, with a headlining performance by Na Hoku Hanohano award-winners Hot Club of Hulaville.

Additional performers on the schedule will include guitarist Amit Heri, a prolific composer and one of India’s biggest names in Jazz fusion the group, “Joyful Noise.”

Auctioned items will include hotel stays, airfare, activities and dining certificates. Proceeds will benefit the Kauai Lifeguard Association – part of The Westin Princeville’s year-long commitment to give back to the community. The resort has raised over $43,000 for the association through past Jazz and Wine events.

“The money has been used to buy jet skis and tube lifesavers for the beaches,” Sessions said. “It protects and benefits, not only the tourists, but our local keiki as well.” 

Tickets are $95. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on The Westin Princeville main lawn. 

Info: 827-8808.


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