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Focus on Fijian cuisine

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, December 06, 2012

ENCOURAGING people to eat healthy and introducing tourists to the unique and varying tastes of Fijian cuisine are the focus of Fiji's first-ever food safari in progress at Castaway Island Resort in the Mamanuca Group of Islands.

Celebrity in-house chef Lance Seeto said the safari provided a unique opportunity for tourists to taste the different types of local cuisine and provided a similar opportunity for local chefs to see how local food could be presented to an international audience.

"It's also about healthy eating, utilising all the fresh ingredients that are grown or caught locally," he said.

"Tourists are open to new ideas and cuisine but for locals this is still a work in progress that is making progress in many little ways."

Geoffrey Shaw, the chairman and CEO of Hillview Limited — the parent company of Castaway and the Outrigger on the Lagoon Resort — said the food festival was a popular event in countries like Hong Kong and the intention was to raise cuisine standards by using local ingredients.