Tourism Fiji Acting CEO Mr Ken Freer and HE the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau with Dr Ganesh Chand at the opening of the IFF in Nadi on Monday.
His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau opened the inaugural Food Festival at the Fiji National University (FNU) Namaka Campus on Monday.
The International Food Festival will see food from more than 30 countries prepared and showcased for educational and commercial purposes.
“I am informed that food tastes from more than 30 countries will be displayed at the week-long food festival,” His Excellency told guests at the formal opening ceremony of the festival.
“This represents a rather scintillating opportunity for all of us to enjoy food from all over the world, as well as see demonstrations on how these are prepared.”
The Fijian Head of State also indicated that while Fijian foods have become world class, its tradition and preparation must never be forgotten.
“I understand there will be a few master chefs who will prepare signature dishes at each of the evening, accompanied by cultural entertainment,” he said.
“The issue of healthy eating will also be emphasized during the course of this event. This is important for all of us, especially to those of us who are from the Pacific, and who love to eat.”
“Remember, we have to strive and re-educate ourselves to live a balanced life with eating healthy and also living a healthy lifestyle.”
Tourism Fiji’s Acting chief executive officer Ken Freer said Fiji’s long history with food was something that has continued to marvel tourists.
“The lovo that we prepare continue to get wonderful responses and together with Kokoda which now has become a world class meal. But we should not stop here as we continue to attract visitors to our shores not only for the sun sand and the sea but also for our delicious food,” Mr Freer said.