Every Year, Cook Islanders come together to celebrate the annual harvest and the best locally grown produce the islands have to offer. Te Mou O Te Enua this year takes place between the 12-18 February and it will be a weeklong celebration of the delicious home grown produce from the Cook Islands. The Festival will culminate with the official Harvest Festival at the Punanga Markets where locals and tourists alike will be able to sample the most delicious plates of food.
Grow your own
A full week of activities is planned this year to celebrate the harvest festival which will include activities, competitions, produce and food sales. You will be able to find out more about growing your own fruit and vegetables and learn how to tend to your produce throughout the year. A big part of the festival is focused on education – passing on top tips on how to get started growing your own produce and when you need to plant and harvest your goods.
Best Fruit and Vegetables
Growers from across the island will be able to showcase their best produce and battle it out to be crowned champion in a number of categories in the ‘Best Fruit and Vegetable’ competition. For the more creative minds, there will also be a flower arranging competition and a chance to showcase not only the beautiful flowers that grow here in the Cook Islands but also your creative skills.
Coconut Tree Climbing
One of the highlights from previous harvest festivals has included the coconut tree climbing competition – a great spectacle as competitors battle it out to climb a coconut tree, pick the fruit, husk and grate 5 coconuts and make a one litre bottle of tai (coconut sauce) – this is an event that draws a big crowd as locals compete for bragging rights.
The event started back in 2013 and has been growing in size ever since. The inaugural event was just a one day festival, however with so much to celebrate, it’s a great chance for visitors to the island to find out more about the local produce as well as sampling some of the delicious, fresh fruit and vegetables. Here at Pacific Resort, we are big on supporting local producers so most of the food you are served at the hotel, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner comes from these local suppliers.
To find out more about where the events are taking place, make sure you speak to a member of staff on reception who will be more than happy to tell you more.