VARIOUS food items used for cooking have originated from rivers and oceans.
Keeping this in mind, the Fiji National University's inaugural International Food Festival in October will hope to develop and harness untapped resources across Fiji's multi-faceted economic spectrum.
Senior public relations officer Ranbeer Singh said the event would be an annual fixture for the next eight years.
"One of eight different themes will feature every year, as a way of helping focus attention on important aspects of our food culture, with this year's theme being 'Oceans and Rivers'," Mr Singh said.
"Next year's theme will be 'Greens', followed by 'Meats' and then 'Roots'."
FNU vice-chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand said the university aimed to have participation from all the major food taste groups — Pacific, European, Mediterranean, Caribbean, North American, South American, African, Middle Eastern, Russian and Asian.
"This initiative has the potential to become a major tourist attraction for Fiji, generating millions of dollars for the country, specifically for tourism plants and industry operators," Mr Chand said.
The 2014 inaugural festival will start on October 13 and end on October 19 at the FNU Namaka campus.