On Saturday, April 28, 2018, visitors to Waikiki will get a big helping of Hawaii's unique culinary tastes when the 16th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam presented by Outrigger Resorts returns to the 50th State.
On that Saturday, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Waikiki SPAM Jam will fill Kalakaua Avenue in the heart of Waikiki with one of the largest street festivals in honor of Hawaii's love affair with the lovable luncheon meat. Admission to the event is free.
Over 25,000 Expected to Attend
Each place in the world seems to have its signature food festival and the annual Waikiki SPAM JAM has become a cultural tradition, quickly becoming one of the most popular festivals in Hawaii. The 2018 event is expected to attract 25,000 attendees.
Arts, crafts, food and activity booths will provide a street fair atmosphere while the public and Hawaii business collect SPAM and other food items for the Hawaii Foodbank.
Those who attend the event can look forward to sampling a wide selection of delicious local dishes from participating restaurants and food trucks, including the grand-prize winning recipe in the Great American SPAM Championship, Reuben SPAM Rollups, that will be available at the Hula Grill Waikiki food tent.
Do you like SPAM so much that you'd consider trying it in just about any form? Well, consider SPAM Laulau, SPAM Cheesecake, Mango BBQ SPAM Sliders, Spamac and Cheese Balls, SPAM Cupcakes, SPAM Fried Rice, SPAM Nachos, SPAM Lo Mein, and SPAM Manapua.
Those are just a few of the creative and enhanced dishes some of Hawaii’s most innovative chefs will be serving up at this year’s Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival.
Hawaii's most talented chefs will staff food booths serving unique SPAM menu items to more than 25,000 SPAM fans expected to attend this annual event.
Food booths will be offered by such restaurants as: ABC Stores, Atlantis Seafood & Steak, Chai’s Waikiki, Duke’s Waikiki, Egg’s ‘N Things, Gordon Biersch, Hard Rock Café, Hawaiian Crown Plantation, Hula Grill, Buho, MAC 24/7, Mahaloha Burger, OnoPops, PF Chang’s, Seafood Village, Shops of Hawaii and Noi Thai Cuisine.
2018 Live Entertainment
Throughout the night, revelers will enjoy live entertainment on two stages with Hawaiian music accompanied with traditional hula halaus.
In addition to food booths, there will be merchandise tents selling SPAM-themed items, including t-shirts, shorts, sport balls, and slippers, as well as booths featuring Hawaiian arts and crafts. The popular Waikiki SPAM Jam Family Tent will return where families can enjoy a variety of games and prizes throughout the evening.
Booths will have been set up by volunteers to help collect donations of SPAM for the Hawaii Foodbank.
The Hawaii Foodbank is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency in the state of Hawaii that collects, warehouses, and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and non-perishable food to 250 member agencies as well as food banks on Hawaii Island, Maui, and Kauai.
The Hawaii Foodbank forms a vital link between the food donors and its member agencies by providing services in collecting, sorting, salvaging, and distributing food. The Foodbank also supports its member agencies through financial and educational assistance. Since 2004, more than 10,000 pounds of SPAM has been donated to the Hawaii Foodbank thanks to the Waikiki SPAM Jam.
Sponsors of the 16th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam include the following: Outrigger Resorts, Shops of Hawaii, Nongship, Alaska Airlines, Queen Emma Land Company, First Hawaiian Bank, Waikiki Beach Walk, Jack in the Box, Germaine's Luau, Elite Services, Team Clean, Inc, Hawaiian Host, Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the City and County of Honolulu.
Introduced in 1937 by Hormel Foods, more SPAM is consumed per capita in Hawaii than any other state in the U.S. Almost seven million cans of SPAM are eaten every year in Hawaii, making the Aloha State the unofficial SPAM capital of the U.S. SPAM is manufactured in the U.S. by Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minnesota.
Additional information regarding SPAM is available at spamjamhawaii.com.