WHILE past Hibiscus festivals have been somewhat characterised by numerous stalls selling packs of fast food and a number of barbecue serves often lined with that extra bit of oil, this may not be the case this year.
This was confirmed yesterday by Hibiscus Events Group chairman Hirdesh Prasad who said the festival was taking a much more proactive approach to food standards and food quality this year.
"All our stalls have been sold out this year. That's about 70 stalls altogether and they have been taken by people from all over the country, but mainly by those from the West," Mr Prasad said.
"This year, however, we are being very cautious about the sort of food that will be sold, especially with the barbecue stands because they tend to sell food with a lot of fat."
He said the events group would be working closely with the Health Ministry to ensure food standards remained high.
"We're encouraging all stall owners to buy meat from selected meat suppliers so that the quality of food is good and we're also encouraging them to practise good hygiene habits as well.
"We're getting a lot of direction from the Ministry of Health on this, so we're hopeful it will result in better food quality this year."
He said members of the public could look forward to an interesting variety of food at this year's festival.
The Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival runs from August 15 to August 23.