Vintners Plaza Grand Tasting helps make Maui strong

HEALDSBURG, California — Sonoma County has always been known as a premier destination for food and wine. The Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience is a weekend-long celebration featuring only the best of Sonoma County.

“The Healdsburg wine and food experience is a celebration of all the agriculture and bounty of beautiful Sonoma County,” Healdsburg Wine Steve Dveris, CEO/Founder of & Food Experience, “and the culmination of that is showcased in Healdsburg, which is one of the largest tourist destinations in Sonoma County.”

One of the highlights of the event is the Vintners Plaza Grand Tasting.

“We have 125 different wineries there. We have 28 chefs. We have spirits. We have cocktails. We have non-alcoholic cocktails. It’s basically a food festival, carnival for adults, it’s going to food heaven,” Dveris reveals .

This year, the Maui Pavilion highlights Maui farmers, growers and chefs.

“We participate in the big tasting using products from Hawaii,” explains Chef Jonathan Pasion of Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. “It’s kind of a presentation here in Healdsburg.”

Guests can sample products such as Kuai Estate Chocolate, Lahaina Honey Company honey and Maui Gold pineapple.

“It was great to have everyone here to help promote us and what we have to offer and welcome guests back to the island,” said Executive Chef Ryan Schelling of Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea.

After the tasting concluded, a special dinner was held at The Matheson on Healdsburg Square.

“We are very honored to host the Maui at the Matheson Dinner at this beautiful Healdsburg establishment to benefit the Maui Strong Fund and to give back to Maui,” community leader & Cultural practitioner Kainoa Horcajo says.

The event is also a reminder that Maui is ready to welcome visitors back to the island.

“I think it’s important for people to come back to Maui because it’s not only important for Hawaii’s economy, but also to showcase who we are and what we have to offer,” Pasion said.

“We went through something eight months ago that I hope no one will ever experience,” Horcajo says, “when people, kind people, come out and share Aloha with us, it really makes a world of difference.”

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