Melanesian Feast Nights are held at many 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 curiosity.
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 available.
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
which include local delicacies, such as meat dishes, salads, and fruits.
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 history.
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 Feast Night, seen here
at Solo's Feast Night,
as are the colourful costumes of the locals.
Feast Nights at Other Resorts
Apart from Melanesian
Feast available at the Secret Garden, there are other places in Port Vila that organize Melanesian
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