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Island Influences - Celebrating Family Traditions

Island Influences - Celebrating Family Traditions

Taro is the pacific ingredient featuring in the newly created “Island Influences” class sponsored by the Pacific Islands Trade & Investment Commission at this years NZ Culinary Fare.

Held from the 8th – 10th October at the ASB Showgrounds it is an unmissable event on the hospitality calendar with all the country’s outstanding chefs vying for NZ’s national titles and all sectors of the service industry are involved - over 1,000 of the country’s top performing chefs, sommeliers, waiters, baristas and hospitality students competing in front of live crowds and 140 top industry experts.

Taro - A traditional root crop that has been cultivated for over 2000 years, underpins the traditional Polynesian culture of shared labour and extended families.

Whilst the taro plantations provide plenty of hard work, the traditional umu is the pacific stage for taro and is a tradition that even children delight in being involved in! (pictured – Samoan children carrying taro to the umu) We extend a warm pacific invitation to family and friends to experience TARO as showcased by NZ’s top chefs at the NZ Culinary Fare – Island Influences Class on Tuesday 10th October at 12.30pm, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane.

The NZ Culinary Fare is a free event open to the public.

Come and enjoy an island influences experience!


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