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Enjoy another culture for free
The weather is beginning to turn on us and already some of us are dreaming of warmer climes.
One great way to experience the world of beaches, coconut palms and sunshine is to visit Darling Harbour on Saturday May 4th where The Cook Islands will be cooking up a storm.
It is a Cook Islands Cultural Showcase hosted by The National Maritime Museum which is at the ever popular Darling Harbour.
This FREE all-day event feature vibrant cultural shows which you can catch on the hour from 11am to 3pm.
Shows are fittingly entitled It Takes A Village and include a welcoming chant, dancing and drumming spectacular. Traditional dance is known as ura. Dancers move their bodies to express the stories of the islands, accompanied by singing and drumming.Every gestures symbolise different cultural aspects as the dancers tell the stories of the birds, flowers, the ocean and of love and loss
There will also be cooking demonstrations, instructions on how to make a floral head garland and lessons on pareu (sarong) tying. Did you know there are 100 ways to tie a sarong? In the Cook Islands the garment is often worn by both men and women as a skirt. Men will fold their pareos into shorts when they go fishing.
You can also find out more about the Cook Island Maoris' intricate Polynesian tattoos.The word English word tattoo is derived from the Polynesian terms 'tatau'.
A feature of the shows will be a cooking demonstrations of the Cook Island's delicious national dish ika mata, which is fish in coconut cream with vegetables.
The Cook Islands cuisine makes uses of fresh tropical ingredients including abundant seafood, coconuts, papaya, cassava, breadfruit and taro. Food is cooked in a myriad of ways, but commonly in an underground in an earth oven known as an umu.
If you happen to be thinking of a holiday you can take advantage of the special travel deals offered exclusively for the day.
And one extremely lucky visitor will win a holiday for two to the Cook Islands.
Imagine travelling to a country comprised of 5 islands and just 17,000 people as well as some of the world's best beaches and lagoons.
Winter might not be so bad after all at least for some lucky person