SITERI Niuvou's enthusiasm for all things cocoa drove her more than 200 kilometres from her farm in Tailevu to the 2013 University of Fiji Sugar Festival in Lautoka to showcase her homemade chocolates.
Ms Niuvou said the festival was the perfect opportunity for the people to integrate and work together to showcase local creation and products.
"We chose the Sugar Festival because it's sort of symbolic for us," she said.
"Sugar is one of the main components in making chocolate, so since sugar is a western product and we have cocoa beans, we can make local chocolate.
"This is proof that we can work together and make chocolate here in Fiji instead of buying overpriced goods from overseas."
Ms Niuvou added that she had been participating in the festival for the past five years and always found it an enjoyable experience.
When asked how she started off planting cocoa at her farm, she said it was thanks to two Swedish nationals.
"We had a cocoa bean farm prior to their arrival but once they came, they held workshops about recipes and how to go about making chocolate."