'I Love Poke' Hawaiian Food Festival Returns To OC!

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The poke at Bear Flag Fish Company. 
Back in 2011, we ate our way through aisles and aisles of fresh poke, creatively prepared by local chefs. Poke with mango sorbet, poke with habanero sauce, poke with wasabi avocado mousse, poke with soy truffle vinaigrette, spam poke, tofu poke and salmon poke. It was glorious.

This year, we're ready to do it again. The I Love Poke Festival is back in OC on June 5 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach. A staple in Hawaii, poke (pronounced poh-keh) is a refreshing appetizer or side dish most commonly made with raw ahi tuna diced into small cubes and marinated in soy sauce, inamona (roasted crushed candlenut), sesame oil, onions, seaweed and sea salt.  
  
Chefs will compete for Best Poke crown by creating their own version of the dish, which guests will be able to sample. The festival aims to bring awareness to the importance of sustainable fishing, and founder Nino Camilo has partnered with companies such as True World Foods to help participating restaurants source their products from sustainable seafood distributors.    

Along with all the poke one can conquer, there'll be other Island-inspired food to try, from traditional Hawaiian plate lunches to Chamorro food from Guam to malasadas (Hawaiian fried dough pastries) to spam musubi. 

The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $55 at www.ilovemusubi.com/poke

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