Canberra, Australia – April 5, 2024 – The Fiji High Commission in Canberra, in collaboration with the Fiji Trade Commission Australia and New Zealand, proudly hosted its first-ever Fijian kava exhibition event on April 5th, showcasing some of the finest kava varieties the island nation has to offer. The event, held at the Fiji High Commission premises, drew a full house of esteemed guests, including members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the Australian government, and members of the Fijian and Pasifika diaspora community.

Attendees were treated to a rich cultural experience as they sampled different varieties of kava and learned about its significance in Fijian society. His Excellency Ajay Bhai Amrit, Fiji’s High Commissioner to Australia, delivered opening remarks, emphasising the cultural importance of kava. He also highlighted its potential health benefits, such as its use as an alternative to alcohol, aiding with insomnia and anxiety, making it a popular choice for those seeking natural remedies.

Mr. Daniel Stow, Fiji’s Trade Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand, provided insights into kava’s commercial and economic significance, underscoring its status as Fiji’s largest agricultural export and the promising opportunities for expansion in the Australian market.

The event also served as a platform for kava exhibitors to promote Fijian kava and its cultural heritage. The High Commission and the Trade Commission extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the exhibitors, Sydney Kava, Fiji Kava, Bula Premium Kava, and Lami Kava, for making the event a resounding success.
Special thanks are extended to Fiji Water for generously supplying water for the occasion.

About Fijian Kava:

Kava, known as yaqona in Fiji, holds deep cultural significance in Fijian society. It has been used for centuries in ceremonies and social gatherings, valued for its relaxing and calming effects. Made from the root of the Piper methysticum plant, kava is prepared by grinding or pounding the root into a powder and mixing it with water. In recent years, there has been growing interest in kava beyond its cultural context, with research exploring its potential health benefits and its role as a sustainable agricultural product for export.

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