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Sake Master Takes Prime Spot In FNU Food Fest

Sake Master Takes Prime Spot In FNU Food Fest
Fiji National University acting Vice Chancellor Ian Rouse (left) with Japanese sake brewer Takenosuke Yasufuku at the second 2015 International Food Festival held at FNU Namaka campus yesterday. Photo: Luke Nacei
October 11
10:59 2015

The Fiji National University’s 2015 International Food Festival showcased a Sake brewing demonstration from the Kobe-Shu-Shin-Kan Breweries, Ltd.

The Japanese sake master,  Kazuo Tsukada, featured alongside other international acts at the opening of the week-long festival in Namaka yesterday.

Brewery president Takenosuke Yasufuku, who is the 13th generation of Sake makers since 1751 in Kobe,  led the show.

Mr Yasufuku said he was here to showcase what sake was all about.

“At this moment, sake is getting popular all over the world and Fiji. I really don’t know about the market so I am here to tell people that Sake is not a distilled alcohol which many are confusing themselves with,” he said.

“Sake is similar to wine but it is made from rice and water and wine is made from grapes. It pairs well with cuisines and can be enjoyed with food like wines.

Mr Yasufuku said he had targeted the food festival as there would be a lot of tourists involved.

“Now that we are exporting our sake to America, UK and England I would want the people of this community to have a bit of understanding about it as well.”

Meanwhile, International Food Festival organiser Aqela Cakobau said inviting the foreign countries to join the festival would intensify interaction between food professionals and people in terms of culture exchange.


What’s on show

The organised week-long event features food tastes from more than 20 different countries.

Local celebrity chefs will team up and bring you the taste of the international cuisines.

Celebrity chef Lance Seeto will be hosting a three -course dinner and the evening menu will be from his new indigenous restaurant called WAR.

“This is a great family event and will suit every family,” Mr Seeto said.

“I will be making fresh delicious food that we get from our backyard garden. It is vital that everyone gets their vegetables from the garden to avoid non-communicable diseases.

“Visitors can learn to polish their culinary skills and pick up tips from well known chefs who will be sharing their secrets live on stage,” he said.

Fiji National University acting Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Rouse said the festival had grown as compared to last year’s festival.

“The festival is twice the thing that we ran last year and there is going to be so much entertainment and a huge variety of food,” he said.

“We got different people representing their different cuisines. We love people to actually come and see and have a taste of what this food festival is about.

“So people will see a lot of fun things over the week because the university loves doing things with the community.

Professor Rouse also said everybody in the Pacific would need to look at their health and see the right type of food to eat.

Meanwhile, there will be a cooking competition for school students who will be showcasing their talent and skills in preparing and cooking, he said.



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