Tasty treats await at Pasi­fika

Central Leader - - NEWS -

No one will be go­ing hun­gry dur­ing this year’s Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val at Western Springs park on March 8-9.

Nearly 250 food and craft stalls will be set up at the event which pro­mot­ers say is the big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of Pa­cific Is­land cul­ture and her­itage in the world.

Fes­ti­val go­ers will be able to savour del­i­ca­cies in­clud­ing tunu puaka – the Ton­gan spe­cialty of whole roasted pig on a spit – and sam­ple food us­ing tra­di­tional un­der­ground cook­ing meth­ods such as the umu (Samoa), hangi (Aotearoa) and lovo (Fiji).

Those look­ing for au­then­tic Pa­cific Is­land crafts will be spoilt for choice, with ev­ery­thing from tra­di­tion­ally wo­ven mats and tapa cloths to stone carvings and drums on sale.

Free work­shops and demon­stra­tions at the Pasi­fika vil­lages will show just how unique these cre­ations are to each is­land na­tion and how much work and skill is re­quired to make them.

The event is de­liv­ered by Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment ( ATEED) and sup­ported by Fair­fax Me­dia, owner of Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers and the Cen­tral Leader.

‘‘This event is also an op­por­tu­nity for church groups, sports clubs, per­for­mance arts groups, small businesses and fam­i­lies to raise funds, net­work and pro­mote the very best of their arts, crafts and cui­sine to an au­di­ence of thou­sands,’’ ATEED chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett O’Ri­ley says.

Cul­tural smor­gas­bord: Sam­ple a wide range of Pa­cific cui­sine at Pasi­fika 2014.

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