Taste New Caledonia and win a trip!

Published on March 28, 2017
Taste New Caledonia and win a trip! nc

WIN A GOURMET TRIP TO NEW CALEDONIA FOR 2 including 2 return airfare

(courtesy of Aircalin, 3 nights accommodation at Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa and Golf Resort, 2 nights at Le Meridien Noumea, return
transfers to and from the airport and a diner in Noumea courtesy of New Caledonia Tourism)


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The archipelago, situated in the picturesque South Pacific, is unlike any other in the region, together with its fusion of French sophistication and authentic Kanak culture, the destination provides a vibrant menu which is sure to satisfy the hungriest of travellers.


There are unique and extraordinary flavours to be found in each of the destinations’ varied regions, whether they be from the blue waters of the crystal clear lagoon (the world’s largest), the more rural ‘cowboy country’ in the west, the Gallic hub of Noumea or the traditional Kanak culture in the east. New Caledonia’s sundry landscapes deliver delicacies,
fresh produce and meals that will tantalise the taste buds and are true testimonial to the blend of cultures united on the islands.


The proximity of the islands to Australia is one of its major appeals, less than three hours from Sydney and four hours from
Melbourne, Francophiles can feast on the escargot (snails) of the Isle of Pines, or indulge the senses with dishes like gratin of mangrove crab, local venison, dauphine potatoes and croquettes at a traditional French restaurant in Noumea. In local markets, French delicacies such as cheeses, wines, fresh-baked pastries and chocolates will awaken the palate – and all this just a few hours away.


Whether it’s fine dining, eating with the locals or enjoying wine or cheese tastings, there is something for everyone in New Caledonia. Freshly caught seafood can be barbecued by the white sand beaches, while thirsty travellers can sip on cocktails made from the assortment of mouth-watering fruits found on the islands, including coconuts, mangoes, passionfruit and papaya.


With day-trips out to some of the more remote islands like the Loyalty Islands and Amadee Island for kite-surfing, snorkelling, swimming and diving on the itinerary, there is a definite need to refuel. A popular (and more affordable) idea to do this is by packing a personalised picnic lunch. The colourful cuisine of the destination means travellers can say ‘au revoir’ to the squashed sandwiches of the picnics-past and ‘bonjour’ to local delicacies, fresh seafood and delicious wine; all
available at the local markets and surrounding shops.


Those with a more adventurous palette are encouraged to explore the flavours of the local Kanak culture, where they can discover the ‘bougna’, a dish typically made from tubercles, coconut milk and fish. While the bougna is served in many of the islands’ restaurants and gourmet hot spots, travellers can also opt to stay with a local Kanak tribe for a more traditional and special experience. The process of cooking the bougna is a spectacle in itself; red-hot rocks are placed into a hole in the ground and the bougna left inside for hours to cook.


Bon appetit!




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