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Variety At Food Festival

Forty-year-old Luisa Lewanavanua is using the 2015 Fiji National University International Food Festival to showcase her crafting skills. The Gau native weaves mats, baskets, belts made from magimagi and sells
13 Oct 2015 10:30
Variety At Food Festival
Luisa Lewanavanua's shows what her friends and her are capable of doing. Photo: LUKE NACEI

Forty-year-old Luisa Lewanavanua is using the 2015 Fiji National University International Food Festival to showcase her crafting skills.

The Gau native weaves mats, baskets, belts made from magimagi and sells a wide range of crafts at her stall at FNU Namaka Campus.

Ms Lewanavanua believes that the Food Festival is one way she can showcase her capabilities and at the same time get students to learn art and craft.

“This is a great platform where I can improvise with students on my talents and I could also teach them how I do my handicraft,” she said.

“It is not always about education, some students have this potential and they just don’t know how make use of them.”

She said it was also one way for her to give back to the community.

“I love sharing what I know with people and I also love to learn from them. Providing the best to my customers is always my main priority.

“This is what we island women are known of and for me imparting part of my understanding to the community and to the people who come for the festival is a huge boost for me.”

She runs a similar business at the Lautoka Municipal Market.

Event organiser Aqela Cakobau said the inclusion of other activities as such was to make the festival an interesting one.

“We have decided to have some other extra activities so that so that those who come for the festival would like to see other things apart from the food. It livens up the whole programme,” she said.

Feedback:  luke.nacei@fijisun.com.fj

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