Writers, chefs, marketing experts make a beeline for Niue
As well as celebrity chefs, sommeliers, writers, food and beverage experts, marketing consultants – and ‘mixologists’ are all making their way to the first ever KaiNiue Food Festival that will take place on the ‘Rock of Polynesia’ between September 19 and 22.<!--more-->
[caption id="attachment_6429" align="alignleft" width="341"]<a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/1Niue-chefs.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-6429" alt="PT&I’s Mona Mato (extreme right) with the celebrity chefs bound for Niue." src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/1Niue-chefs.jpg" width="341" height="255" /></a> PT&I’s Mona Mato (extreme right) with the celebrity chefs bound for Niue.[/caption]
Freelance international travel and cuisine writer Alexia Santamaria who contributes regularly to <i>Weekend Life</i> and <i>Living magazines</i> of the <i>New Zealand Herald</i>, <i>NEXT</i>, <i>Australian Women’s Weekly</i>, <i>Metro</i>, <i>Dish</i>, <i>Little Treasures</i> and occasionally <i>Taste Magazine</i>, is one of the writers who will be in Niue. Her main areas of expertise are food and travel but she also enjoys writing profiles on interesting people. Alexia writes travel stories that tell people things they won’t find in the guidebooks. She was recently a judge on <i>Metro Magazine</i>’s <i>‘Top 100 Cheap Eats.’</i>
Lisa Sadaraka, who has worked with Auckland University of Technology as lecturer and Industry Liaison and Equity Project Manager for the past seven years will be undertaking some scoping to determine the skills, capabilities and training needs of local Niueans and at the same time scoping the areas of small business development needs related to tourism support services. This tourism training strategy is fully supported by the Niue Chamber of Commerce and Niue Tourism and is expected to help better coordinate the work between trade and tourism. Lisa is a former Manager of the Small Business Enterprise Centre and understands some of the constraints faced by small businesses in the Pacific.
Celebrity chefs attending the festival include international award winning New Zealand chef, author and TV host Robert Oliver; chef Michael Meredith, of Meredith’s restaurant who has a strong affinity to the Pacific through his Samoan heritage; and Tongan born Auckland based chef, Alex Kaihea, owner of The Beach House at Bucklands Beach.
“Festivals are a central contribution to local vitality and provide focus and stimulus for cultural tourism. We recognise that festivals are important mechanisms for celebrating and highlighting strength of culture, which makes our place distinctive, and engenders pride in our local community. It also makes a practical contribution in terms of sustainability, providing employment, encouraging learning and inspiring people to adopt creative new ways of doing things.”