The annual Waikiki SPAM JAM® festival is returning to a full festival block party this year, after a three-year hiatus. The festival, a local tradition in Hawaii, is rated as one of the top annual food festivals in the state. This year’s event is being held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 4:00pm to 10:00pm. Over 15 restaurants will be participating and creating their own SPAM-inspired dishes, and one of those is Aloha Beer. We spoke to Jared Astrinos, Executive Chef of Aloha Beer, and Barbara Campbell, the president and co-founder of the Waikiki SPAM JAM, to learn all about this year’s event.
Barbara shared, “We’re excited that the festival is back on Kalakaua Avenue after a 3-year hiatus. It’s free and open to the public. There’ll be three stages of entertainment: two with local musicians and one dedicated to hula performances. Between the stages will be booths with our participating Waikiki restaurants serving SPAM dishes. Limited-edition SPAM JAM logo items will be for sale, as well.”
Aloha Beer will be featuring four dishes – a SPAM Flatbread, SPAM Montecristo Sandwich, SPAM Kebab, and even a SPAM Candy Bar!
The festival also helps great causes, the Hawaii Food Bank is the beneficiary of funds raised by the Waikiki SPAM JAM®, and the festival provides funding to the Waikiki Community Center and the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii each year.
This event is happening Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 4:00pm to 10:00pm on Kalakaua Avenue.
Living808 will feature a new SPAM JAM restaurant each day this week, but for more information, visit spamjamhawaii.com.