Food festival in paradise for Niue
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.