Pacific Showcase proves a runaway success
The Pacific Showcase 2011 – the first ever event to be hosted at the purpose built “Cloud” venue on Auckland’s waterfront attracted some 30,000 people over three days – twice more than the number expected.<!--more-->
Hosted by the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, the showcase featured businesses predominantly from the Pacific Islands showing off their wares and selling them to New Zealanders in the swank ambience of the new venue amidst a very Pacific atmosphere.
Artistes and dancers flown in from several islands performed at the Cloud and these performances were flashed on to the huge, oversize LED screens, which could be watched by people across the hall designed to hold more than 15,000 people at a time.
Award winning author and chef Robert Oliver, whose book “Me’a Kai; The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific” was adjudged the best cookbook of the year 2010 dished up delicacies to the delight of visitors. Incidentally, the book was presented as a memento to panelists at PIT&I’s Oceans of Opportunity summit – a gesture that was greatly appreciated.
Earlier, some 25 food producers from around the Pacific Islands – including many who participated in the showcase – were presented with their “True Pacific” certification at a ceremony at the Cloud.
True Pacific is a project of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation to help bring quality assured Pacific Island products to the world.