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Marriott Celebrates Fijian Culture

The Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay recently celebrated the heritage of Fiji across two eve­nings with a unique ‘Underground Gourmet’ experience. The “Underground Gourmet” event was held in seven Marriott
10 Oct 2018 10:47
Marriott Celebrates Fijian Culture
Staff of Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay during the programme to celebrate Fijian culture at the resort

The Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay recently celebrated the heritage of Fiji across two eve­nings with a unique ‘Underground Gourmet’ experience.

The “Underground Gourmet” event was held in seven Marriott In­ternational resorts across the South Pacific, including Fiji, Samoa, New Caledonia and Port Douglas in Aus­tralia.

The event gave guests from all over the world an opportunity to explore local culture, habits, rituals and traditions, and taste delicious food cooked using traditional earth ov­ens.

The name of the cultural event highlighted an underground cook­ing method as an important island tradition, hoping to use food as a way to get to know a culture first-hand.

Fiji Marriott’s guests submerged into Fijian traditions and gastrono­my with various activities and enter­tainment that was organised at the resort as part of the event.

The event from the Shell Market in Lobby area, where local handicraft makers from Nakorokula village were invited to present their work.

Guests were happy to buy local sou­venirs and pieces of art to support local communities.

Local Fijian artist Abraham Lagi also presented his artworks.

There were a number of works of art by Mr Abraham on display and for sale, and the artist was on hand to speak about Fijian contemporary art and its deep connection with Fi­jian history and culture.

The traditional voyaging canoe of Fiji, a big Drua, was placed in the lobby to demonstrate mastery in sailing and ship design as an essen­tial part of local culture.

Kids and adults took part in vari­ous workshops including weaving, where they learned how to make baskets, bracelets, tropical hats and tiaras from palm leaves.

Then guests progressed onto the next location – Vonu Beach – to en­joy an evening of great Fijian food cooked using an earth oven, as they experienced tastes and ambiance at beautiful waterfront location.

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