Treat for tastebuds at Pasifika Festival
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.