Rex Morgan, head chef at the Boulcott Street Bistro will notch up a new first in his 32-year career when he heads to Niue for the first time in November, as guest chef at the KaiNiue Food and Wine Festival.
Rex Morgan (above) will collaborate at the Festival with good friend Jeremy Rameka (below), the co-owner of Pacifica restaurant in Napier. They will combine their culinary skills at KaiNiue for the welcoming drinks event, gourmet lunch and gala dinner. Morgan says he’s looking forward to adding some Maori influence to local Niuean produce to inspire KaiNiue festival-goers.
Despite his extensive experience travelling and cooking in other countries, Morgan says he will be cooking with produce he’s never used before at KaiNiue. Excited with the challenge and opportunity to learn new things, he says festivals like KaiNiue are great for showcasing cultural difference while bringing people together.
The KaiNiue Food Festival runs from 2 to 5 November, with daily events showcasing and celebrating Niue’s food and culture. As well as the gourmet lunch and gala dinner, these include master cooking classes and wine-matching with Lou and Ant Bentley from Akaroa Cooking, a traditional Niuean feast, and early morning trip to the local food market.
Niue Tourism Chief Executive Felicity Bollen says the festival promises to be “a magical celebration of food and wine that is not to be missed” but encouraged foodies to book now because as there are limited tickets to each event.
KaiNiue Food Festival visitors will also have time to sample other island delights, from swimming and snorkelling in some of the clearest water in the world, to whale and dolphin-watching, exploring the many hidden sea tracks, caves and chasms, or simply relaxing in the balmy tropical climate of Niue.