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Te Maeva Nui Opening Ceremony and Float Parade

By CTA Admin | Aug 1, 2016

Every year from June to August about 2000 people on Rarotonga and the outer islands put their lives on hold to prepare for Te Maeva Nui, the national culture and dance festival. It is a week-long cultural marathon held around the date of August 4th, which is the birthday of the Cook Islands as an…

PT&I’s Pacific Hub opens at Auckland Food Show

By CTA Admin | Aug 1, 2016

Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) has partnered with eight Pacific Island companies to promote a range of high quality food and beverage products from the Pacific Islands at the Auckland Food Show (AFS) starting this Thursday 28 July 2016, at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane Auckland. The four-day event will feature eight Pacific Island companies at PT&I’s Pacific Hub stand that…

Top Chef Hails Local Flavours

By CTA Admin | Aug 1, 2016

A TOP Pacific chef co-ordinating a workshop promoting the use of local ingredients in local hotels hailed Solomon Islands seafood as among the best in the world. Celebrity chef Colin Chung made the comment after completing the Farm to Table culinary workshop in Munda, Solomon Islands from April 18-22. Mr Chung has been fashioned by…

Nevisian Chef Mango Feast 2016 Successful, Says NTA Official

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

Devon Liburd, Sales and Marketing Director at the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) says the 3rd annual Nevisian Chef Mango Feast was successful. It formed part of the Nevis Mango and Food Festival hosted by the NTA on July 10, 2016, at Oualie Beach. Liburd told the Department of Information on July 11, 2016, that the…

Pacific food exports to promote tourism in pacific

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

Pacific partners in the food industry say more open doors to export internationally will help put the region on the map. Pacific brands who exhibited at the recent Fine Food trade expo in New Zealand say a new partnership with a New Zealand food distributor will have a valuable impact on tourism, the economies and…

Trinidad and Tobago Dominates Taste of Caribbean Awards

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

The small twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago continued their dominant run at the Taste of the Caribbean Showcase in Port of Spain, Trinidad this past June. Described as “an avenue where the Caribbean’s most talented and creative gastronomic practitioners blossom”, Trinidad’s national culinary team amassed six gold and two silver medals at the…

Creative Pumpkin Dishes Featured At Restaurant Week Tasting Showcase

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

Chefs across St. Kitts and Nevis have for the second year running, proven their creativity and talent, offering tasty pumpkin dishes at Sunday’s Restaurant Week Tasting Showcase. The St. Kitts Marriott ballroom was transformed Sunday afternoon (July 17) with a number of stalls where local restaurants provided samples of their culinary masterpieces, all made from pumpkin,…

A Chocolate Lover’s Paradise in the Dominican Republic

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

It’s the Dominican Republic’s sweetest deal. And if you’re a chocolate lover (and who isn’t?) it just might be reason enough to book a stay at RIU’s all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana. That’s because guests at the Spanish all-inclusive resort chain’s playgrounds have exclusive access to Chocolate & CIA, a chocolate workshop…

New partnership to see more Pacific food products in NZ

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

A new trade partnership between a New Zealand company and its Pacific partners could see more food products from the region sold in New Zealand stores. Pacific Trade and Invest has teamed up with the Produce Company which distributes more than 3000 products to restaurants, cafes and caterers around New Zealand. Pacific producers say the…

Assessment of the Economic Impact of Cruise Tourism in Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), IFC and Carnival Australia have partnered in an effort to provide baseline data on the cruise sector’s impact on the economies of Pacific Island Countries (PICs). Given the importance of tourism to the economies of many Pacific Islands and the growth of cruise tourism, there is…

Sweet Meets Savoury At Negril’s Food And Wine Event

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

The Negril Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural International Food and Wine fundraiser was a culinary hit on Saturday night, with excellent cuisine and the perfect weather for mingling, sipping wines and eating on the beach. Hosted by chefs from some of Negril’s finest hotels, the soiree, which was held on the sands at the Boardwalk Village…

Fusion dining with chef Lance Seeto, Fiji’s Jamie Oliver

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

Seeto has been called “Fiji’s Neil Perry” because of his award-winning restaurants, his weekly newspaper column and the fact he’s “culinary ambassador” for an airline (today’s al fresco lunch is to celebrate Fiji Airways’ new route between Nadi and San Francisco). But Seeto, 50, has more in common with another celebrity chef: Jamie Oliver. Like…

Dark chocolate made from Samoan cacao launched

By CTA Admin | Jul 19, 2016

A new 80% dark chocolate bar using cacao beans sourced from Samoa was launched at Fine Foods New Zealand by Devonport Chocolates in Auckland recently. Devonport Chocolate owner Stephanie Everitt says it has always been a goal of hers to find a local source of ethically grown cacao to produce a South Pacific chocolate. The cacao beans…