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Learn to Cook in Fiji

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Fiji, Pacific Islands

Learn to Cook in Fiji

story by: Mike Williams

Foodies will know that behind Fiji’s beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and stunning weather lies a destination that could be equally renowned for its unique and wonderful cuisine. Fiji’s rich multicultural heritage has percolated a cuisine with delicious flavours and influences from all over the world, such as Melanesia, Polynesia, India and China. In Fiji, there’s no shortage of opportunities to indulge in the delightful local fare, but now you can take the gastronomic experience one step further with a Flavours of Fiji cooking class.

Experienced local cooks take small classes of passionate foodies on a culinary journey of traditional Fijian and Indian flavours. Learn the secrets behind the famous island dishes and then enjoy the fruits of your labour with a feast of traditional favourites. Instead of a postcard or trinket, imagine taking home the ability to cook coconut barfi fudge as your Fiji souvenir!

The Flavours of Fiji Cooking School is a custom-designed, air conditioned cooking facility located on Denarau Island. Each half day class is fun and interactive and uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients. As well as the cooking lesson, lunch and refreshments, class members enjoy a food culture presentation and take home recipes.

Class menus are designed to showcase seasonal seafood, an exotic array of local-style curries, sweets and local root crops, fruit and vegetables. For example, the ‘Kaiviti Magiti’ class learns to cook a delicious selection of Fijian and Indian dishes and tropical sweets. After a chilled bu (coconut) juice on arrival, the class will prepare such meals as Fijian Ika Vakalolo, a lightly fried fish simmered in rich coconut milk, Chinese cabbage, tomatoes and onions, and Indian Murghi & Aalu Curry, made with chicken and potato. You’ll then enjoy such tropical sweet sensations as vudi vakasoso, which is local plantain simmered in freshly grated coconut infused with cane sugar.

The themes for classes include Fijian Feasts, Indian Thali, Tropical Sweets and Kids Kitchen. Special packages like a ‘Hen’s Party’ or corporate team building event are also available and proving popular. Regular half day classes run Monday to Saturday but class sizes are limited, so be sure to book in advance. Kana vakavinaka! (Eat heartily!)

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