The two-day event which provides an opportunity for participating paddlers to discover the authentic foods and products of Cook Islands will kick off the weeklong paddling fiesta.
Trade Day which will be held at the Vaka Village carpark between the Vaka Shed and Vaka Eiva’s supporting sponsor Raro Fried Chicken, will run from 9am to 2pm.
“We welcome the whole community and all visitors’, not just paddlers, to come and enjoy the live music, sample the local cuisine, browse and buy some of our local arts, crafts, clothing and jewelry,” Vaka Eiva coordinator Chrissy Thomas said.
BTIB trade and marketing manager Piltz Napa said the Trade Day was a collaboration between BTIB, the Vaka Eiva organisers and Cook Islands Tourism Corporation to allow for a greater and better organised event.
With a new site for the annual event at Avarua wharf parking area, Napa hopes this will increase participation especially from the people passing by.
He hopes the 24 tents and a large seating area plus stage area at the Trade Day will bring the festival atmosphere to make the event worth attending.
“The main goal is to promote and encourage small to medium enterprises and grassroots market vendors, allowing them an opportunity to trade,” Napa said.
“The ‘Go Local’ initiative on this event means that we are encouraging more locally made products and food with a go local market presenting local authentic arts and crafts as well as local foods, drinks and music.
“We would like to provide our international paddlers as well as tourist an opportunity to buy locally made products.”
Napa is calling on the community and visitors to take advantage of this event. “Come down and have a look at what the vendors have to sell and get the chance to mingle with the international paddlers.
“We have scheduled weaving demonstrations and well and Ukulele playing lessons happening on both days starting at 10am.
“Our live band by Ru and the Boys and Ricky Adamu will be there to entertain everyone until 2pm.”
The Trade Day will end tomorrow.