Food fes­ti­val in par­adise for Niue

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

Food­ies with a pas­sion for Pa­cific flavours and is­land par­adise hol­i­days need look no fur­ther than the KaiNiue Food Fes­ti­val, a food and wine ex­trav­a­ganza to be held on the is­land of Niue in Novem­ber.

Fes­ti­val at­ten­dees will en­joy Niue’s unique flavours in­ter­na­tion­ally crafted by some of New Zealand’s best chefs, in­clud­ing Napier’s award win­ning Paci­fica Restau­rant coowner Jeremy Rameka and Paci­fica chef Liam Thomas. The three-day fes­ti­val from Novem­ber 2-5 in­cludes daily events show­cas­ing and cel­e­brat­ing Niue’s food and cul­ture, in­clud­ing master cooking classes, a gourmet lunch and gala din­ner.

Jeremy says his guest ap­pear­ance at KaiNiue will be his first visit to Niue and is look­ing for­ward to learn­ing more about the cul­tural as­pect of the is­land.

“It’s all about the sto­ries and I want to see what’s go­ing on and hap­pen­ing over there. Adapt­ing to what food is avail­able in re­gions is key and min­imis­ing waste and liv­ing off the land in a sus­tain­able way is im­por­tant when it comes to cre­at­ing food. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what in­gre­di­ents are avail­able on the is­land that Ni­uean’s have in­cor­po­rated into their food over the years at KaiNiue.”

Liam will be re­turn­ing to Nuie for the sec­ond time this year and has found learn­ing more about his cul­ture an eye opener.

“I believe it’s im­por­tant to know your cul­ture and be­ing in Niue ear­lier this year was great be­cause I got to learn more about my cul­ture on my own terms. I’ve been very blessed to work un­der Jeremy and Na­talie at Paci­fica. The op­por­tu­ni­ties that I’ve been able to ex­pe­ri­ence is an added bonus in­clud­ing go­ing to Niue for the KaiNiue fes­ti­val.

“My fam­ily is hon­oured to know I’m go­ing back home to KaiNiue and will be cooking for the peo­ple of Niue. I’m look­ing for­ward to show­cas­ing the food we do here at Paci­fica Restau­rant.”

KaiNiue Food Fes­ti­val vis­i­tors will also have time to sam­ple many de­lights of the is­land, from swim­ming and snorkelling in some of the clear­est wa­ter in the world, to whale and dol­phin-watch­ing, ex­plor­ing the many hid­den sea tracks, caves and chasms, or sim­ply re­lax­ing in Niue’s balmy trop­i­cal cli­mate.

■ To find out more in the food fes­ti­val please visit www.kainiue.com or for broader in­for­ma­tion on Niue — www.ni­ueis­land.com

Jeremy Rameka at Paci­fica restau­rant.

Chef Liam Thomas (right) and part­ner at Wash­away cafe in Nuie.

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