A GROUP of youths from Nadi have become the crowd favourate at the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North in Labasa with their tricks and style of barbecue cooking.
The youths dressed as chefs have drawn more than 100 customers to buy their well-packed serves which include vegetable chowmein, a piece of lamb chops, egg, sausage, tomato sauce and cassava.
Arriving in the north on Wednesday, the group led by businessman Watisoni Sadria, did not hesitate to show off their cooking tricks as they tossed food items before packing them.
Mr Sadria said the youths usually sold barbecue on Nadi's streets before he decided to expose their skills at the Hibiscus Festival this year.
"After the Hibiscus Festival, I thought of bringing them to the north because this was a chance for them to expose their skills in front of a new crowd," Mr Sadria said.
"This is the first time we have come to this carnival and we find it very profitable because people have turned up in numbers to our stall."
Mr Sadria said the group would continue their tour of other festivals throughout the country because it had generated good income for them.
Customer Marika Sauca said he had never witnessed such cooking skills.
"I think the north should have more of these people to motivate others. Their serve is just $5 and the amount of food prepared is huge," he said.