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Spam Jam Saturday

KaimukiMan Apr 26, 2013 10:38 AM

Saturday April 27th is the annual Spam Jam Festival in Waikiki (4pm-10pm.) Billed as one of the "top annual food festivals in Hawaii." Last year the estimates are that 25,000 people 'attended'. Two stages offer entertainment almost continuously and over a dozen restaurants will have booths offering spam based treats along with other craft and merchandise booths with spam related products.

Only in Hawaii LOL


note: i have no commercial ties to this event, i don't even own hormel stock. i do however love spam musubi, spam fried rice, spam and egg sandwiches, SLT sandwiches, spam and beans, etc.

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    laskiblue Apr 28, 2013 09:22 PM

    I bet that event was great fun. I bought a can of Spam for the first time in at least 20 years recently and enjoyed a few very tasty sandwiches from it.

    1. letsindulge Apr 27, 2013 11:49 AM

      Leftover spam is good in Top Ramen too. Salt overload, LOL!

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        manomin Apr 28, 2013 09:13 PM

        my fingers are to puffy to type!

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          letsindulge Apr 29, 2013 12:38 AM

          And I'm thirsty as all out heck!

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        UES Mayor Apr 27, 2013 05:51 AM

        back in da day i would make a fancy meal by scoring diamond pattern on spam and studding it w pineapple, marachino cherries and cloves.

        1. letsindulge Apr 27, 2013 12:30 AM

          Growing up we fried it crispy in butter. Haven't made it since my kids were small but they loved my spam chow fun.

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            honu2 Apr 27, 2013 12:01 AM

            I consider spam musubi and spam fried rice to be quintessential "local food". However, visitors don't seem to be able to relate to either.

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              indelibledotink Apr 27, 2013 03:00 AM

              i think the way a lotof mainlanders feel about spam is how I feel about scrapple - kind of a novelty with a following.

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                KaimukiMan Apr 27, 2013 12:18 PM

                Until I moved to Hawaii in the '70's I had never even had spam. My parents and grandparents were horrified by the thought of serving 'that stuff' and when the internet was looking for a word for junk mail they called it spam.

                The Mainland has come a long way, but to the average american a blob of rice with a slab of spam wrapped with seaweed just isn't appetizing. They do seem slightly more interested in the teriyaki version.

                1. re: KaimukiMan
                  kathryn Apr 27, 2013 04:46 PM

                  I always thought naming junk email had more to do with the Monty Python sketch about spam... Same point, though. It's an acquired taste.


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                    honu2 Apr 27, 2013 06:16 PM

                    About 15 years ago, nigiri sushi was also thought of as not being particularly appetizing: a hunk of vinegar flavored rice topped with raw fish. Look what a little cachet has done for it over the years.

                    Sometimes I think spam musubi could be rebranded with the same great success to those who love salumi and other smoked meats.

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                      KaimukiMan Apr 28, 2013 10:02 AM


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                        Debbie M May 2, 2013 06:04 PM

                        Yes, I've made that argument before in discussions of spam!

                        I went to last year's festival and came very close to going this year, but it didn't work out. I've already decided I'm definitely going next year!

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                      sal_acid Apr 27, 2013 05:29 PM

                      I love spam musubi. Perfect golf course snack.

                    3. indelibledotink Apr 26, 2013 07:17 PM

                      i like spam too, but i once made the mistake of making a spamburger... can you say too salty?!

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                        KaimukiMan Apr 26, 2013 08:14 PM

                        yes, i did that too, and even with low sodium spam, it was too much. besides spam is better sliced thin, at most only as thick as they slice it for musubi.

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