Treat for taste­buds at Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Mouth-wa­ter­ing dishes in­clud­ing tunu puaka, palusami and fai kai will show­case culi­nary de­lights from 10 Pa­cific na­tions as part of the an­nual Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val on March 9 and 10.

The event is or­gan­ised by ATEED (Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment), and is a cel­e­bra­tion of food, craft, cul­ture and her­itage from the Pa­cific re­gion.

‘‘Pasi­fika is a real treat for the taste­buds.

There’s some­thing for ev­ery palate – whether you al­ready love tra­di­tional Pa­cific Is­land foods, or if you’re keen to try the de­li­cious flavours for the first time,’’ Stan Wolf­gramm, ATEED’s fes­ti­val pro­ducer, says.

‘‘You’ll leave the fes­ti­val with a taste of what the Pa­cific Is­lands of­fer and with a full belly.’’

Pre­par­ing de­li­cious dishes is at the root of Pa­cific cul­ture and the food avail­able at the two-day fes­ti­val is fo­cused on tra­di­tion and au­then­tic­ity.

Some of the best cul­tural per­form­ers and artists from 10 Pa­cific Is­land na­tions will also be a high­light.

‘‘There will be more than 1500 per­form­ers on the 11 dif­fer­ent stages, per­form­ing a mas­sive va­ri­ety of mu­sic. This is a record num­ber made pos­si­ble by ex­pand- ing the fes­ti­val to a full two-day event,’’ Mr Wolf­gramm says.

Aotearoa is this year’s fea­ture na­tion and will host the head­line acts, in­clud­ing Ria Hall, Dam Na­tive, Toni Hu­ata and Moana and the Tribe.

Other mu­si­cal high­lights in­clude a 50 per­son strong Ton­gan brass band – with the troupe trav­el­ling to New Zealand es­pe­cially to per­form at Pasi­fika – as well 2012 Smoke­free Pasi­fika Beats win­ner Zk­abby Jams, Va­niah and Jewel from Toke­lau, The Five Star Band from Samoa, Old Fiji Fash­ion Show from Fiji, Tahiti String Band from Tahiti, Tau­rea Nui from the Cook Is­lands.

Emerg­ing artists will also take to the stages with Riz­van, The Mavaega Sis­ters, Whanau Patuwai and Val­lkyrie sched­uled to per­form in front of the crowds.

The event is spon­sored by Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers, pub­lisher of the Auck­land City Har­bour News and part of the Fairfax Me­dia Mighty A Net­work.

En­try is free through­out the week­end.

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