Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

Look­ing for more fun – and food – than you can poké a stick at?

Head to Evan­dale Park­lands to­day for a taste of Pasi­fika.

Now in its sev­enth year, it’s the fes­ti­val that cel­e­brates the di­ver­sity of the Pa­cific peo­ple through mu­sic, art, dance and food.

Hosted by New Zealand favourites S&P, the fes­ti­val fea­tures live per­for­mances by Royal Fam­ily and Ardi­jah.

Bring a fala (mat) to bask un­der the cityscape while lis­ten­ing to the unique tal­ents of Pa­cific en­ter­tain­ment – and en­joy some is­land hos­pi­tal­ity.

Pasi­fika fea­tures more than 50 stalls of in­dige­nous cui­sine, in­clud­ing taro, chop suey, tak­ihi from Niue Is­land, poké from the Cook Is­lands and hot hangi from New Zealand.

In­dulge in some cul­tural treats and beats with Kapa Haka groups, hip hop dance crews and a plethora of Poly­ne­sian cul­tural groups.

If you’re into Poly­ne­sian arts and crafts, make sure to check out jew­ellery, paint­ings, flax-mats, or­na­ments and cloth­ing on of­fer.

And if, some­how, at the end of the day you’re still hun­gry for more, why not head to Mer­maid Beach’s Poly­ne­sian-in­spired Poké Poké?

The cre­ation of Mor­gan Walsh, the brains be­hind beloved Mex­i­can res­tau­rant Bonita Bonita, this is a true trop­i­cal poké par­adise. And with a great drinks list, you can en­sure the party keeps pop­ping. WHERE: Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val, 8am - 5pm at Evan­dale Park­lands, Bun­dall CON­TACT: 5588 4000 or thearts­cen­tegc.com.au PRICE: Free en­try

Mer­maid Beach’s Poké Poké serves Poly­ne­sian-in­spired cui­sine.

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