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Closing Dinner Sparks A Lot Of Interest

A month-long vegetarian food festival in Suva pep­pered with movie nights and dinners sparked a lot of inter­est from food lovers and members of the public. Called VegFest Fiji it
03 Dec 2018 11:00
Closing Dinner Sparks  A Lot Of Interest
Nakita Irvin (left) with Vittoria Pasca at the Contain Yourself Cafe in Suva on November 30, 2018. Photo: Neelam Prasad

A month-long vegetarian food festival in Suva pep­pered with movie nights and dinners sparked a lot of inter­est from food lovers and members of the public.

Called VegFest Fiji it ended with a closing dinner at Suva’s Contain Yourself Cafe and was sold out in advance on Friday night.

Lead organiser, Vittoria Pasca, said the festival generated huge interest.

“We had more than 200 partici­pants over the course of Novem­ber who engaged in various activ­ities including movie nights and dinners,” said Ms Pasca.

“We tried to have events that were free of cost to the range of $50 to make VegFest accessible to as many people as possible.

“The festival aimed to raise awareness around cooking with local plants, as well as the health and environmental benefits of having a more plant-based diet.”

The menu for the closing dinner was collectively done by Contain Yourself Cafe and Nakita Irvin, the founder of Tasty Island Treats.

“The entire menu was sort of a fusion with local dishes and in­ternational cuisines, for example my favorite was chilli blini, which is a Russian pancake and it was served with rourou,” said Ms Ir­vin.

“So we can say that multicultural Fiji was well represented through the cuisines.”

With the success of VegFest, public dinners will soon become a trend in Fiji, predicts Ms Pasca.

“We had a lot of expatriates at­tending the events in the begin­ning, but towards the end the crowd had become more local,” she said.

“We would really like to do such events on a regular basis and also influence restaurants to do more of these types of cuisines, it is good for health and you learn to make use of local vegetables in new and interesting ways.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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