Solomons' want more local food on hotel menus

8:15 pm on 4 December 2017

Tourism authorities in Solomon Islands say they want more local produce to feature on restaurant menus around the country.

A coconut crab in  tree.

A coconut crab in a tree Photo: Supplied/ Stephen Palumbi

This comes as several government agencies work together with other stakeholders to link agriculture, tourism and trade.

The marketing manager of the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau, Freda Unusi, said tourists often wanted to taste local food but restaurant menus are dominated by western and Asian cuisine.

"So what we are talking about is, maybe next year, in our plans we will have a festival - a cuisine festival where chefs come they present their cuisine's that they want us to do. But it must be local, it must be things that are readily available here - like coconut crabs, those are not even available in the hotel venues."

M Unusi said the new agritourism policy being developed will also hopefully see more training made available for Solomon Islanders who want to become professional chefs.