Festivals

Global

Bantu Food and Drink Festival (BFDF) is a 8 day world-class event that aims to celebrate the Bantu heritage in different corners of the globe. United through the authentic gastronomy, the festival will be an innovating business and cultural space to showcase Angola, Barbados, Brazil and Colombia and identify practices that connects them as Bantus.
http://en.unesco.org/creativity/sites/creativity/files/bfdf_eg2.pdf 

Slow Food works around the world to protect food biodiversity, build links between producers and consumers, and raise awareness of some of the most pressing topics affecting our food system.
http://www.slowfood.com

Terra Madre is an international network of food communities – groups of small-scale producers and others united by the production of a particular food and closely linked to a geographic area.
http://www.terramadre.info/en/

United Nations World Tourism Organization has an annual gastronomy conference that tracks and reports food trends in the tourism industry.
http://affiliatemembers.unwto.org/event/2nd-unwto-global-forum-gastronomy-tourism

Caribbean
Pacific
Indian Ocean
Vanuatu Agritourism Festival 2016

Global

Bantu Food and Drink Festival

Bantu Food and Drink Festival (BFDF) is a 8 day world-class event that aims to celebrate the Bantu heritage in different corners of the globe. United through the authentic gastronomy, the festival will be an innovating business and cultural space to showcase Angola, Barbados, Brazil and Colombia and identify practices that connects them as Bantus. The program will include exceptional food and drink tasting, show cooking, workshops, anthropological seminars, an agro-products fair, art and crafts exhibition and concerts, introducing both local talent and international acclaimed chefs, anthropologists, artists and brands to a wider audience. Designed and produced by Bantu Foundation, the BFDF is supported by the public and private sector, and presents a great opportunity to establish new partnerships in the academic, artistic and business levels.

Chef Anthony is an award winning Michelin trained head chef based in London specializing in an “outside-of-the- box” culinary experience. Delivering beautiful & innovative cuisine has long been a personal passion. Born in Dulwich, London and he grew up in Barbados, where early he found his love of cooking in his Grandmother’s kitchen. Brought up on fresh food from the farm and Grandma’s soul food, he developed a flair for flavour fusion and creating new dishes from more traditional cuisine. While Cumberbatch is particularly well known for his unique Caribbean dishes, winning “Best Caribbean Chef in the UK,” and “Best Caribbean Restaurant,” by the Caribbean Food Emporium for two consecutive years, his flavour-fusion style also draws from French, Vietnamese and European cuisine. His work has been featured in Marie Claire, the Voice, and BBC 2. With more than 23 years experience working in a cross-section of high profile and award winning restaurants, hotels, and clubs, Cumberbatch has put Nouvelle French Caribbean Cuisine on the map, reinventing the way Carribean food is seen, tasted and served. As a Bantu Ambassador, Chef Anthony hopes to strenghtenn the culinary connections between UK, Caribbean and Africa and develop products that are innovative, accessible and funky.

http://en.unesco.org/creativity/sites/creativity/files/bfdf_eg2.pdf

Slow Food

Slow Food works around the world to protect food biodiversity, build links between producers and consumers, and raise awareness of some of the most pressing topics affecting our food system. These initiatives range from community activities organized by local convivia, to larger projects, campaigns and events coordinated by Slow Food’s national offices and international headquarters. They have regular events all over the world.

http://www.slowfood.com

Terra Madre

Terra Madre is an international network of food communities – groups of small-scale producers and others united by the production of a particular food and closely linked to a geographic area. The network unites food producers, fishers, breeders, chefs, academics, young people, NGOs and representatives of local communities who are working to establish a system of good, clean and fair food from the grassroots level. The Terra Madre network was launched by Slow Food in 2004 to give a voice and visibility to those around the world whose approach to food production protects the environment and communities. Regular events worldwide.

http://www.terramadre.info/en/

United Nations World Tourism Organization

United Nations World Tourism Organization has an annual gastronomy conference that tracks and reports food trends in the tourism industry.

http://affiliatemembers.unwto.org/event/2nd-unwto-global-forum-gastronomy-tourism

Caribbean

Anguilla

Seafood Festival – Anguilla Festival del Mar, Anguilla: 26-27 March 2016

Festival Del Mar commemorates Anguilla’s seafaring heritage and celebrates all things of the sea in the beautiful fishing village of Island Harbour, which is located on the eastern tip of the island. This little fishing village has remained largely untouched by tourism and still maintains its local vibe, with colourful boats bobbing in the blue harbour and a fishing pier jutting out to catch schooners and fishing boats, much as it was in the early 1900s.

http://ivisitanguilla.com/anguillas-festival-del-mar-2016/

Aruba

Eat local Aruba restaurant week (ELARW), Aruba 28 September – 9 October 2016

The two week long ELARW event was developed to promote the island’s diverse epicurean scene while highlighting Aruba’s varied flavours by incorporating locally inspired dishes into the menus of participating restaurants. During the event, participating restaurants present their top Aruban recipes to attendees in a prix fixe lunch menu. We chose this one because we think this is a great opportunity for food critics, wine connoisseurs, foodies and anyone looking to explore Aruba’s culinary heritage.

http://restaurantweek.aruba.com/

Bahamas

Bahamas Goombay Summer Festival

Just one week away from this year’s finale, guests have immersed themselves in the culture at the Bahamas Goombay Summer Festival. Frequent visitors Bran and Lamar Hodges from Cincinnati said that although they visit the Bahamas often, every experience is different. “We always have a good time when we’re here and we’re actually excited that we came during the festival season, so this is a perk,” Lamar said. “We like all of the different restaurants that you have to choose from and to try and also all the different vendors with their different crafts up for sale, really like that,” said Bran. Bobby from Houston said it was his first time in the Bahamas, but he will be back especially for GSF. “I’m having a great time,” he said. “I love coming out here, seeing all the different culture, tasting the different food and having wonderful music out here makes it a fun exciting adventure. “Next time we’re in The Bahamas, we will definitely be back for the festivals.”
http://www.caribjournal.com/2016/08/25/bahamas-goombay-festival-going-strong-theres-still-time-visit/?utm_source=Caribbean+Journal&utm_campaign=4d9873d476-Caribbean+Journal&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ea4e1e4090-4d9873d476-188976829

Bahamas Rum Festival, Bahamas: 26-28 February 2016 and 24-26 February 2017
For all the rum lovers out there Rum Bahamas offers its Third Annual Rum Festival. This three-day event which takes place on Fort Charlotte in Nassau gives you a chance to sample over 30 rums, great food and enjoy musical entertainment from throughout the Caribbean. Festival “Rum Bahamas” invites you to quench your thirst for distinctive and exotic Rums, satiate your hunger for creative comfort foods and enjoy the rhythms of the new Caribbean. Satisfy your appetite for adventure and your adventurous appetite!
http://www.festivalrumbahamas.com/

Barbados

Crop Over Festival in Barbados: 7-28 May 2016

Crop Over is Barbados’ premiere summer festival and attracts visitors from across the globe! Many Bajans that now live off the island also return home to join in the festivities with family and friends. In addition to the official events of the National Cultural Foundation there are many other ‘Crop Over’ activities for you to enjoy! The Crop Over summer festival is Barbados’ most popular and colourful festival. Its origins can be traced back to the 1780’s, a time when Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar. At the end of the sugar season, there was always a huge celebration to mark the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest – the Crop Over celebration. As the sugar industry in Barbados declined, so too did the Crop Over festival and in the 1940’s the festival was terminated completely. However, the festival was revived in 1974 and other elements of Barbadian culture were infused to create the extravaganza that exists today, an event that attracts thousands of people from across the globe.
http://www.barbados.org/cropover.htm#.VzuCYPl97IU

Crop Over Festival, Barbados: May-August 2016
The annual Crop Over Festival celebrates a 200-year-old tradition that honors the end of the sugar cane season. The six-week festival celebrates all that is Bajan with dusk till dawn parties, arts and crafts markets and a culinary-driven street fare.
http://www.barbados.org/cropover.htm#.Vw0pxfl97cs

Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, Barbados: 20 November 2016
Barbados is often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. The Festival has given birth to a series of events, or better yet – culinary and beverage experiences – designed to tantalize the taste buds. This festival showcases the best culinary and epicurean delights the gorgeous island nation has to offer. Experience a sophisticated, high-quality and upscale celebration of gastronomic art, featuring acclaimed international & local chefs, wine experts and mixologists.
www.foodwinerum.com

Bonaire

Taste of Bonaire, Bonaire: begins 28 May 2016, 25 June 2016, 30 July 2016, 28 August 2016, and 24 September 2016

Taste is a series of five or more events from May to September that give a sampling of Bonaire’s culture from music, dance, and arts and crafts to food. Sample local favorites such as sorghum pancakes, goat stew and spiced rice and beans from specially set up food stalls. Bonaire’s award-winning Culinary Team is on hand whipping up more upscale dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients.
www.tourismbonaire.com

British Virgin Islands

BVI Food Fete, British Virgin Islands: October-November 2016

The month-long BVI Food Fete is culinary celebration that fills guests with the flavourful traditions of the islands, expect exciting events and deliciously prepared Caribbean-infused cuisine. The island’s finest chefs along with visiting international chefs show how to make our favourite dishes, mixologists present their best cocktails. A multi-destination experience within one extraordinary place, island-hopping from one sandy coastline to the next is a must to experience the best of the BVI during the Food Fete celebrations.
bvifoodfete.com

Cayman Islands

Cayman Cookout, Cayman Islands: 15-18 January 2016

Join Chef Eric Ripert for a weekend celebrating food, wine and the natural beauty of the Caribbean at The Ritz-Carlton, a premier Grand Cayman Island resort. An incomparable roster of world famous chefs, wine experts and spirits blenders will offer tastings, demonstrations, tours and dinners that celebrate the barefoot elegance that only the Cayman Islands can deliver.
www.caymancookout.com

Taste of Cayman Food & Wine Festival, Cayman Islands: 28 January 2016
Over thirty restaurants host booths at Camana Bay, near Seven Mile Beach. Taste-tempting selections include a variety of food and beverages. Patrons vote for their favorites with wood tokens. Last year’s winners included slow roasted goat with local calabaza and long bean salad and warm doughnuts with local passion fruit curd by restaurant, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Chef demonstrations, live music and cultural entertainment rounds out the delicious fun.
www.tasteofcayman.org

Coco Fest at Pedro Castle, Cayman Islands: February 20, 2016
Pedro Castle will be going Coco Nuts this February 20 with local vendors showcasing all products made with the Cayman Coconut – food, drinks, snacks, beauty products, crafts and games! The documentary Bright Spot will also be showing from 2PM – 3PM in the Theatre. Coco Fest celebrates the Cayman Coconut – a bountiful food source with legendary properties, and a traditional staple in the Caymanian diet. It remembers a time when the coconut industry was very important in Cayman and encourages the growth of this industry again. There will be bouncing castles and activities for the kids as well as some of the best coconut products on the island!
https://www.caymancompass.com/2016/02/10/celebrating-coconuts-at-pedro-castle/

Cayfest 2016, Cayman Islands: February 25, 2016
Two decades since the beginning of Cayfest, the National Festival of the Arts promises to highlight everything the public loves about the local arts scene. Evolved from a lineup of past events like Chalk Fest, Music Unplugged, Dance Vibes and Café Cayman, an integrative festival over the course of three days has emerged, and for the first time features local and international Grammy award-winning talent. The National Arts & Culture Awards Show kicks off the celebrations on Feb. 25. Each of the awardees has made significant contributions to either the development of local arts and culture or to the preservation of Caymanian cultural heritage. This year’s ceremony is a glitzy black tie affair at the Harquail Theatre, attended by the 20 awardees and special invited guests. While this event is not open to the general public, it will be filmed and aired on local channel CIGTV.
https://www.caymancompass.com/2016/02/19/cayfest-2016-artistic-delights/

Curaçao

A New Culinary Event in Curaçao: September 2016

Flavors of Curaçao, a new annual gastronomy event, is coming to the island this September. The event will be held at Kleine Werf and hosted by Curaçao’s hospitality association, CHATA. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample various dishes provided by 19 participating restaurants, including Bistro Le Clochard, Omundo, and Hófi Cas Cora – The Eatery. The plates will be served tapas-style to ensure that guests get the chance to fully experience the tastes of Curaçao’s diverse cuisine. The event will also include champagne, a cocktail bar, live music, and raffle prizes.
http://caribjournal.com/2015/08/27/a-new-culinary-event-in-curacao/?utm_source=Caribbean+Journal&utm_campaign=1e93402f87-Caribbean+Journal&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ea4e1e4090-1e93402f87-188976829

Dominican Republic

The Punta Cana Food and Wine Festival – 1-2 July 2016

The Punta Cana Food and Wine Festival returns this year to the Dominican Republic’s tourism capital, The gastronomic event will take place this year  on July 1 and 2, featuring tastings, cocktails, lunches and dinners celebrating the art of food. This is the fourth edition of the festival, which will be hosted at the Barcelo Bavaro Resort and Convention Center. July 2 will see a special event focused on grilling led by noted Argentine Chef Juan Barcos, with the Grand Tasting on the evening of July 2 at the Convention Center.
http://caribjournal.com/2016/05/23/your-next-caribbean-food-festival-is-in-punta-cana/?utm_source=Caribbean+Journal&utm_campaign=668c9e6fe7-Caribbean+Journal&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ea4e1e4090-668c9e6fe7-188976829

Grenada

Grenada Chocolate Fest: 12 May 2017

The Grenada Chocolate Fest celebrates the island’s delicious organic and ethically produced cocoa and chocolate. Back for a third year, the festival is a perfect experience for all those who have a passion for chocolate. Learn how Grenada’s chocolate artisans craft their famous ethical “tree to bar” products. Take a journey through the island’s rich history and visit cocoa farms nestled in its lush Caribbean rainforest dance the cocoa or be a cocoa farmer for a day. Jam by the turquoise sea at sunset, and run through a cocoa forest! And when you are ready to relax and unwind, indulge in some authentic chocolate-inspired cuisine and luxuriate in cocoa-infused island life! http://www.grenadachocolatefest.com/

Guadeloupe

Fete des Cuisinieres, Guadeloupe: 10 August 2016

Women rule at this near century-old food festival. The cooks, dressed in traditional Creole costumes with distinctive headdresses, sing and dance down the streets of Pointe-a-Pitre with baskets of homemade foods in hand that are ultimately blessed in the local cathedral. Afterwards, the public can buy tickets and sample the buffet of traditional French and Creole-style dishes. The final presentation is the pièce de résistance, Pain Doux, an 85th anniversary dome shaped cake.
www.guadeloupe-islands.com

Guyana

Coconut Festival in Guyana hosted by Agriculture and Tourism Ministries: 16-23 October 2016

Challenged, it seems, by a local, regional and international increase in demand for coconut and coconut products, the Ministry of Tourism has announced that it will hold the country’s inaugural Coconut Festival from October 16 to 23, 2016.
http://www.stabroeknews.com/2016/business/07/15/tourism-agriculture-ministries-hosting-october-coconut-festival/

Haiti

Haiti Gout et Saveurs Lakay, Haiti: 16-17 September 2015

Gout et Saveurs Lakay, Haiti Food and Spirits Festival,  is a ten day celebration of Haiti’s gastronomy and culinary talents. Every year, the host Chef Stephan Durand invites Haitian and International Chefs and professionals of the food and beverage industry to take part in this unique event to help enrich and share their knowledge with other professionals in Haiti. Utilizing locally grown ingredients, the event helps to renew Haiti’s gastronomy and to promote it on the international level.
http://www.goutetsaveurlakay.com/

Jamaica

Jamaica Nyam Jam Festival: 13-14 November 2015

Celebrate Jamaica’s food and culture at The NyamJam Festival in November.  Set in the beautiful luxury resort, Goldeneye, NyamJam features famous International, Caribbean and local chefs. The weekend offers live chef demonstrations, local street food and ends with a Celebrity Chef Dinner. NyamJam is aimed at intertwining locals and travellers with a shared appreciation for Jamaica’s distinctive cuisine and hypnotic music.
http://www.nyamjamfestival.com/

Portland Jerk Festival, Jamaica: 3 July 2016
As the largest food festival on the island, Portland Jerk Festival has been a foodie mainstay for the past 14 years. If it can be ‘jerked’ it is at this one-day festival that celebrates the island’s most famous cooking method. Jerk chicken, pork and lobster as well as vegetables like breadfruit and crusty breads are displayed by chefs on tent covered tables. Food is served as samples or sold as a meal.
www.facebook.com/originsofjerk

The Little Ochie Seafood Festival, Jamaica: 10 July 2016
The Little Ochie Seafood Festival where you’ll find chefs grilling, sauteing, frying and steaming all that is fresh from the sea. As the sun sets, a reggae beach party rocks the sleepy fishing village on the southwest coast until the wee hours. Loyal and devoted subjects from near and far come to savour authentic Jamaican Seafood,
http://www.littleochie.com/

Jamaica Denbigh show: July 30-August 1
More than 100,000 patrons are expected to attend the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show to be held from July 30 to August 1 in May Pen, Clarendon.
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/100-000-patrons-expected-for-Denbigh-show

Jamaica Food & Drink Festival: Drink Nyam-Jam http://jafoodanddrink.com/about/
As a brand, Jamaica resonates with international audiences well beyond its actual square footage – our music, our speak, our creativity, our food, all continue to grab global attention. The Jamaica Food & Drink Festival was inspired by this audacious, pervasive cultural energy that has translated into the bold flavours of our cuisine and the pungent, heady sensibilities of our spirits. We already have events with global reach that celebrate our music, films and fashion, even our herbs, so we thought, why not showcase our gastronomic ingenuity and boost our tourism product while we’re at it by adding to our ever growing list of Jamaican festivals. And voila! The Jamaica Food & Drink Festival was born.

St. Kitts & Nevis

The Nevis Mango and Food Festival: July 8 2016 Mango

The Nevis Mango and Food Festival kicks off Friday July 8, marking the start of a month of special events that will take guests around the island and feature dinners and cooking demonstrations by two special guest European chefs. On July 8, Charlestown ‘s Main Street will host the Mango Madness Street Fair, at which guests will enjoy displays and sales of mango varieties and food products, cooking demonstrations and tastings, a presentation on how to graft mango trees and lots of music and entertainment. That evening also begins a three-day dining event with a gourmet mango-themed dinner at Montpelier Plantation & Beach with U.K. Iron Chef Judy Joo.
http://www.caribjournal.com/2016/06/28/must-visit-food-festival-nevis/?utm_source=Caribbean+Journal&utm_campaign=abcfaa8667-Caribbean+Journal&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ea4e1e4090-abcfaa8667-188976829

St. Lucia

Spices of the Caribbean, St. Lucia: 14-18 October 2016

Learn about the world of spices in a hands-on way via cooking and other culinary events led by celebrity and staff chefs at the Jade Mountain Resort. Chef Allen Susser, a James Beard award-winning chef, leads a spice blending class and more. There’s also a jerk-making class, five-course spice dinner, spicy beach burger competition and tour of the property’s spice garden. This event is exclusively for the guests of Jade Mountain Resorts.
www.jademountain.com

St. Martin

Arrowroot Jollification, St. Martin: last weekend of February

This is a two-day festival where communities come together to prepare arrowroot, while also having food together and hanging out. The main steps of the arrowroot process include harvesting the roots, cleaning them and removing the skin, pounding them in large mortars and then straining the pounded root with water to separate the starch from the fiber. The starch ends up in the water, and once it has settled, the water is carefully removed and the remaining starch water is dried in the sun. Taste finished products like arrowroot porridge and arrowroot cookies as well as juices and soups.
http://bit.ly/1qGiqHL

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Breadfruit Festival, St. Vincent & the Grenadines: annually in August

The annual Breadfruit Festival is held every weekend during August, each week taking place in a different communities throughout St. Vincent. A variety of dishes made from breadfruit are exhibited, and Vincentians and visitors are encouraged to support the farmers and to eat local. The dishes include but are not limited to breadfruit cheese pie, breadfruit puff, pizza, lasagna, breadsticks, quiche, sweet and sour candy (blossom). There are also breadfruit drinks available.
www.discoversvg.com

Trinidad and Tobago

Tobago Blue Food Festival, Trinidad and Tobago: 16 October 2016

The curious-looking root vegetable called dasheen is the star attraction at the Blue Food Festival at Bloody Bay. The dasheen has the distinction of turning blue when peeled, sliced and boiled.  For one flavour-filled day, chefs vie for top honours with their creative recipes that use the versatile veggie in everything from pizza and ice cream to blue Bavarian layer cake and champagne made fizzier with the tuber root.
http://visittobago.gov.tt/index.php/blue-food-festival

Turks and Caicos

Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, Turks and Caicos : 1-3 November 2016

Early November is when Turks and Caicos hosts its annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival in Providenciales. The festival, which draws chefs from around the world also has street cred for its combination of international flair and local Caribbean flavours and cooking techniques.
www.caribbeanfoodandwinefestivaltci.com

Turks and Caicos Conch Festival, Turks and Caicos: 26 November 2016

A combo platter of culture and cuisine, save the date for the Conch Festival in Blue Hills on the un-touristy north shore of Providenciales. Started in 2004 as a way to entice visitors to the small fishing village, Conch Festival has morphed into one of the most popular day-long events honouring the marine snail that makes a tasty appearance in fritters, chowders and salads. Chefs compete for best in a show called the ‘Conch-etition’.
http://conchfestival.com/

Pacific

Cook Islands

World Food Day – Go Local Food Demonstration, Cook Islands14 October 2016

Vegetable displays: a display of vegetables, root crops, and other Agriculture produce, by the farmer Groups, Individuals, and the Ministry of Agriculture. All brought under one roof. These are all sold after the display.  Display and Selling of Marine products: a display of fish and fish products like; sead weeds, tuna, craps and other marine products. These are also sold to the public. Money given to the fishermen. Cooking Demonstration: a cooking demonstration by the students from the Hospitality Training using locally grown products.
http://bit.ly/1TOTVU5

Niue

KaiNiue Food FestivalNiue3-9 September 2016

This event is designed to showcase Niue’s extraordinary local foods to the world and to learn from culinary experts’ new ways to prepare, cook and present its food. The event is also designed to support the country’s growing tourism market by raising the standard of food preparation and presentation and contemporising its offering. 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.
http://www.kainiue.com/

Samoa

Samoa Food & Wine Fair, Samoa (Insel Fehmarn Hotel Food & Wine Festival): 17 September 2016

Samoa, proudly known as the Treasured Islands is home to many ethnic groups drawn to Samoa’s unique beauty and easy laid back island lifestyle steeped in the Fa’a Samoa culture, known throughout the world for their friendly hospitality. For one day only food and wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs will have the opportunity to sample delicious sumptuous cuisine from local restaurants and caterers, world-class wine and enjoy great superb live entertainment from local musician and artists.
http://www.samoa.travel/event/insel-fehmarn-food-and-wine-fair

Oka Festival (Cross Island Road Tanugamanono, Samoa):
3 December 2016 11:00-18:00
The annual Oka Festival is on again this year. The competition requires participating teams of 3, to complete against each other for the title of Best Oka. Each team will compete against each other to be the best in coconut husking and milking, tuna filleting and Oka making. Only local ingredients to be used to make the perfectly balananced Oka. Various restaurants will have a food stall selling Samoan inspired food. Raffles go off through out the day. Keep checking on our Facebook Page to see updates as to what is happening on the day.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1751002058496445/

Tonga

Tonga Agricultural shows for happy healthy Tongans: July 27-August 13 2016

Tonga’s Royal Agricultural, Fisheries and Tonga Made Show 2016 will be held on July 27 to August 13 in six islands under a theme, ‘Food Security for happy and healthy Tongans.’.
http://matangitonga.to/2016/07/12/tonga-agricultural-shows-happy-healthy-tongans-start-july-27

Vanuatu

Vanuatu Agritourism Festival 2016, 9-11 November 2016

Vanuatu hosted its first ever Agritourism Festival from 9-11th November at the Agriculture Complex- Tagabe, in the capital city of Port Vila. Agriculture and food production are critical to Vanuatu’s prosperity and welfare: for food security and job creation. Given that animal, vegetable and other food products equate to over 82% of the island’s economy, Vanuatu boasts rich agricultural resources. Yet, the country is still heavily reliant on imports, which in 2011 amounted to over 280 million USD (more than four times the amount of exports). Vanuatu, like many other Pacific Island nations, relies on cheap, calorific and low nutritional food imports from the USA and Australasia. This has created a food crisis in the Pacific region which has seen an increase in the rate of diet-related diseases. Obesity rates in the Pacific are among the highest in the world: a staggering 68% of Vanuatu’s population is considered overweight and nearly 20% of adults in the country suffer from diabetes (only surpassed by Nauru with 24.5%).
http://chefs4dev.org/index.php/vanuatu-agritourism-festival-2016/

Vanuatu festival promotes good health via traditional ways of preparing and preserving food

The Tupunis Slow Food Festival concluded on Tanna island, Vanuatu a few days ago. The 5 day event brought together people from Vanuatu, PNG, Bougainville, New Caledonia (Kanaky); the Solomon Islands and Fiji to celebrate traditional ways of preparing and preserving food and also to celebrate national identity. It was the first festival of its kind in Melanesia. The festival was co-organised by local organisations (including Vanuatu Slow Food Network, Vanuatu Land Defence Desk, Vanuatu Cultural Centre, Tafea Cultural Centre) and supported by The Christensen Fund as well as the Vanuatu Government. Vanuatu traditional method of preserving food Two representatives from PIFON farmer organization member, Kastom Gaden Association, attended the event. The main take home message is to promote good health by returning to traditional ways of life and encouraging consumption of local food thus reducing the statistics of non-communicable diseases in Vanuatu.
http://www.pacificfarmers.com/category/news/e-bulletins/

Indian Ocean

Seychelles

A taste of the forbidden fruit – Seychelles coco de mer at the centre of Praslin’s first culinary and arts fiesta: September 5-7 2014

For the first time in Seychelles, the kernel of the coco de mer, the largest nut in the world was the one of the main highlight of a ‘culinary and arts fiesta’ on the archipelago’s second most populated island of Praslin. The event which took place during the weekend from September 5 to 7, is an initiative of the archipelago’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture in collaboration with other partners including the island’s district authorities.

http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/1306/A+taste+of+the+forbidden+fruit+-+Seychelles+coco+de+mer+at+the+centre+of+Praslin’s+first+culinary+and+arts+fiesta#sthash.YHg3CrbY.dpuf

Festival Kreol: 26 October 2016

Festival Kreol is the biggest and most important event of the Seychelles cultural calendar. It offers the visitor a fascinating week full of the colours, sounds, flavours and fragrances of one corner of the Creole world that treasures its traditions while embracing the opportunities of the present.

http://www.seychelles.travel/en/events/events/event/93360-festival-kreol

Mauritius:

ChinaTown Food & Cultural Festival 2016: 7-8 May 2016

This is the annual Food and Cultural Festival organised in Mauritius. It promotes the chinese culture and foods. It is a major tourist attraction.
https://www.facebook.com/events/277831959224880/?active_tab=highlights