4th annual I Love Poke Festival to return to Bali Hai May 29
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Crowds pack a previous I Love Poke Festival at Bali Hai. This year’s event takes place on Wednesday, May 29.               Courtesy photo by Kim Bryson
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The deliciously popular I Love Poke Festival Founder is back for another installment on Wednesday, May 29 at the Bali Hai restaurant on Shelter Island.

The food festival and competition celebrates Hawaiian culture and cuisine, where chefs compete in the main event, a culinary battle for the title of “Best Poke.”

They will be required to use a sustainable seafood product in their dish. Each chef will create one poke dish that will be evaluated by a panel of judges, based on presentation, quality of ingredients and flavor.

Poke is a Hawaiian delicacy traditionally made with cubed ahi tuna, a species that is in decline. To bring awareness to the importance of sustainable fishing and challenge consumers to choose sustainable seafood, The I Love Poke Festival is broken up into two sections:

• Pokeland — 12-15 chefs compete for the “Best Poke” crown and produce their unique version of the popular fish dish, which will be available for guests to sample. A panel of judges consisting of chefs, musicians, athletes, food writers and others will evaluate each dish and crown a winner.

• Foodland — A place for guests to sample Hawaiian- and Asian-inspired food from more than 15 restaurants. Traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, Chamorro food from Guam, shaved ice, Malasadas and island-inspired cupcakes are some of the many offerings that will be available at the festival.

The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bali Hai, located at 2230 Shelter Island Drive.

Tickets are $55. For tickets and more information, visit at ilovemusubi.com/poke.

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