Combining Food And Wine For the Holiday Season

Food and Wine Combinations For Seasonal Feasts

Each year as the festive season approaches, people start preparing for the traditions.There are traditions that stay. For those with more adventurous spirits, the holiday season is a time to splurge and is the best time to try new things.

Wine is generally a part of this tradition, but one may wish for a little change in the kind or brand of wine they may have this year.

If you are lost in the vast choice of brands of wine out there, you may want a little tip or suggestion  from some wine connoisseurs. [Read more…]

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South Pacific Food And Wine Festival – Denerau Fiji

South Pacific Food And Wine Festival

South Pacific Food And Wine FestivalFiji will soon host for the first time the South Pacific Food and Wine Festival on the island of Denarau. This 3 day event will run from the 14th to the 17th of March this year.

Fiji’s Denerau Island is located on the western side of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, and only about 20 minutes from Fiji’s international Nadi airport.

Festival Guest Facilities

The island contains many five star international hotels including Radisson, Westin, Hilton and Sofitel. Among the facilites that are available for guests on Denarau Island are:

  • a shuttle service that transfers guests between Denerau Island and the main island
  • a wide range of swimming options, including pools and sea swimming
  • many eating places that range from cafes to full silver service restaurants, many offering specialty cuisines
  • a world class 18 hole championship golf course and racquet club
  • entertainment facilities for children that include a range of pools as well as playground areas
  • many fitness centres and gymnasiums
  • spa and massage facilities
  • a unique shopping plaza
  • and of course, the Port Denarau marina, where it’s possible to pick up cruises and sailing charters

The organizers tell us that the festival will offer visitors a unique opportunity to learn some special tricks as they see a number of this region’s and indeed the world’s best chefs creating modern interpretations on South Pacific ingredients and cuisine.

In addition the Festival will allow some 200 local Tourism Industry professionals the chance to discover more about the secrets of keeping up with some of the latest trends in international food and wine.

Festival highlights include:

  • an escorted tour of the Suva produce market
  • a sensational lunch with Robert Oliver, the Festival ambassador.
  • degustation dinners hosted by celebrity chefs
  • daily Master Classes and cooking demonstrations.
  • the opportunity to sample the produce from boutique wineries and gourmet food producers
  • the festival launch party, daily happy hour and evening entertainment.
  • Kids Cooking Workshops.
  • as well as celebrity presentations

Visit for more information about this inaugural festival.

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What do you call it when you share a meal with your friends?

This turns out to be a significant issue nowadays.

Once upon a time, the term “dinner party” was used to describe almost any type of occasion where a group of people gathered together to share companionship, conversation, good food and wine.

However, in many places nowadays a “dinner party” is thought to be a much more formal affair, where everybody is likely to dress up in semi-formal or formal clothes, and the atmosphere is less casual than usual. [Read more…]

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