30 Jun 2014

Niue gears up for food festival

5:03 pm on 30 June 2014

Niue will host its first international food festival in a bid to attract more visitors and "foodie tourists" outside the peak tourism season.

The Kai Niue International Food Festival will be held for four days in early October and showcase the country's local produce and ways to prepare, cook and present food.

The Niue tourism director, Vanessa Marsh, says it is hoped the festival will attract a different type of tourist and grow the tourism season outside the normal July to September period.

She says the event will include cultural events, celebrity chef demonstrations and tropical cocktail parties.

She says traditional Niuean food, with a contemporary twist, will be featured.

"We're going to showcase a lot of the unique cuisine that's availiable on-island, which will range from seafood through to food that's been prepared the traditional way in a ground oven similar to a hangi."

The Niue tourism director, Vanessa Marsh.