Exclusive foodies’ Pacific paradise

By Wright Communications

Festival attendees will enjoy Niue's unique flavours internationally crafted by some of New Zealand's best chefs. The four-day festival (September 2 to 6), includes daily events showcasing and celebrating Niue, its food and culture. These include Villa Maria's lunch at the New Zealand High Commission, a special wine-blending for Niue, master cooking classes with our guest chefs and a Gala Dinner.

Master cooking classes will be held by top Kiwi chefs including Ant and Lou Bentley from the Akaroa Cooking School and Yael Sholchat from Ima's Cuisine. Invivo and Yealands Wines are partners for the event and will help make heavenly wine matches. Wellington gastronome Martin Bosley and Villa Maria's Executive Chef Rob Baxter will bring their culinary skills to the party at both the Gala Lunch and Dinner.

Visitors can also catch a glimpse of Niuean life with a trip to the local food market, Kai Makete, as well as an authentic village feast  - complete with the ubiquitous and highly prized Coconut Crab - the Uga, and enjoy watching the local children compete in a 'Junior Chef' competition.

Niue Tourism Chief Executive Felicity Bollen says the festival promises to be an event to remember. "KaiNiue Food Festival will be a magical celebration of food and wine that is not to be missed.  We can't wait to show off Niue's Pacific flavours, our amazing island and unique culture, but foodies need to book now because there are limited tickets," she says.

KaiNiue Food Festival visitors will also have time to sample the other delights of this coral atoll known as 'The Rock' - from swimming and snorkelling in some of the clearest water in the world, to whale- and dolphin-watching, exploring the many hidden tracks, caves and chasms, or simply relaxing in Niue's balmy tropical climate.

Don't miss this fantastic food and cultural experience - mark KaiNiue Food Festival in your diary now. To find out more in the food festival please visit www.kainiue.com or for broader information on Niue - http://www.niueisland.com.


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