IT was a culinary experience that food enthusiasts only dream of.
Fiji's food festival at the Fiji Beach Resort and Spa managed by Hilton on Denarau Island yesterday proved a hit among guests and foodies alike as resort chefs cooked up a storm of different dishes.
Resort operations manager Rodney Samuels described the festival as a success.
"It definitely got off to a great start," he said.
"Within the first hour we got about 50 people coming out to sample the food that we had prepared.
"I think the great thing about this food festival is that it has a range of different types of gourmet food and cuisines from Brazil, New Zealand and local, some of which are prepared using locally-grown produce."
Mr Samuels said the festival also provided an opportunity for the resort to showcase its ability to prepare world class dishes.
"It's our way of showing our guests that we can prepare some world-class gourmet dishes using locally-grown food by chefs who are also locals.
"I think it's definitely something we want to show our guests."
Resort executive chef Clinton Webber said the New Zealand and Fijian stalls were popular among the guests.
"We basically wanted to promote Fiji as a food destination and that's one of the main reasons we wanted to do here at the resort," he said.
"We have crab farms here so we made crab dishes and there's a vegetable garden here and so we have quite a few greens in the dishes.
"We also wanted to show our guests what we do every day in the kitchen.
"They watch us prepare the food and they get to sample it as well."