Wednesday - Portuguese Bean Soup and Sweet Bread Contest

Wednesday, May 22
At NHERC Pavilion. 
For more information contact Marysue Joyce -


The celebration of Honoka’a’s Western Week is just around the corner.  Chefs and home cooks of all ages are invited to enter the Western Week Portuguese Bean Soup and Sweetbread Contest at the NHERC pavilion.

When waves of Portuguese families immigrated to the Islands between the late 1870s and 1915 to work on Hawaiʻi’s sugar plantations, ranches and dairy farms, they also brought a taste for pao duce (sweet bread), spicy linguica (Portuguese sausage) and rich and hearty Portuguese bean soup. Shared at multi-cultural plantation meals, these foods became some of the popular and representative Portuguese options that then gained wider popularity to become local mainstays.

Past winners have searched old family cookbooks and recipe boxes to come up with the secret ingredients to make their traditional entry stand out, while others used innovative ingredients and creative names to take taste to the next level.

Put your tried-and-true traditional recipes to the test for a shot at the coveted Golden Ladle or Rolling Pin award. This year the winners will be additional honored with placement of their names on perpetual trophy awards that will be on display at the NHREC Heritage Center.  Table décor and original names for each entry will also be judged.  Western wear, Portuguese costumes or wearing red, green and yellow is encouraged.




Click on the file 2019 Portuguese Bean Soup-Sweetbread Application Form 2019.doc below to enter