Melanesian Feast Night
Authentic Melanesian Feast Nights are held at some
resorts in Vanuatu
Many of the major hotels and resorts organize these special
theme nights and feasts that are certainly worth checking out. Most of these theme nights are based
around Melanesian style feasts and feature kava
drinking, local bands, traditional dress, stories, and local
dance customs. If you are curious about local customs and foods, this is an excellent way to satisfy your
The Secret Garden, previously known as Botanical Garden, located in
Mele village, not far from Worawia resort, is
considered to be one of the best places to learn about Vanuatu customs, food, flora and fauna. Daily tours are
feast is usually made by "earth oven" and features Vanuatu local produce and meats, as well as unavoidable
kava tasting, plus local traditional dancers
and string bands, coupled by an introduction to local history.
Traditional Melanesian Feast is served with a
variety of earth-oven-cooked meals,
which include local delicacies, such as meat dishes, salads, and
Now defunct, Solo's
Feast was held once a week, on Thursday evening. The guests got to experience the best in traditional entertainment, including island music and dances, and
earth-oven cooked dishes. They also learned a thing or two about where the locals come from and their
Naturally, they also got
to try the local drink Kava, also known as Kava Kava herb. It looks, and tastes, like muddy water. But it's
something one should try ... at least once. Most of all, every guest enjoyed buffet-style earth-oven cooked dishes,
as part of their Melanesian Feast Night experience.
Singing and story play form part of Melanesian
seen here at Solo's Feast Night in a Mele Village resort,
as are the colourful costumes of the
Feast Nights at Other Resorts
Apart from Melanesian
Feast available at the Secret Garden, there are other places in Port
Vila that organize Melanesian feasts.
One of them is Crows
Nest Nakamal or kava bar, near the Coral Motel. According to lonelyplanet.com, a small kava drink is 50 vatu, while
a large one is 100 vatu.
Feast nights are also
held at The Melanesian, which includes kava
tasting, and Ekasup Cultural Village.