KIWIFRUIT, salmon, a fruity Pavlova dessert, mussels and other fresh seafood, leg of lamb and beef… All these New Zealand specialties can be found at the Experience New Zealand Fair, which is ongoing at the Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive, of Ayala Center-Makati City, until Sunday, June 22, 2014.
The trade fair features the best of New Zealand – from dairy products to wines and meats. There are almost 20 exhibitors showcasing various products, including the world-renowned Manuka honey and New Zealand wines. Manuka honey is a special type of honey cultivated from bees favoring the New Zealand manuka bush, so that it exhibits the highest antibacterial property in honey. Exhibited by Bee Healthy, Manuka honey can be ingested or applied to small wounds. Bee propolis is another note-worthy product on display. As for wines, Don Revy Pty, Future Trade/Forth & Tay and Zen Asia puts to the fore New Zealand wines which they distribute exclusively in the Philippines, including some of the world’s top Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet and Merlot blends.
Also on prominent showcase are New Zealand’s world-class dairy products. Fonterra Brands, formerly known as the New Zealand Dairy Group, presents its butter, cheeses, milk and other dairy products. Unicomm Ingredients feature Canary butter sheets, which are specially exported for bakeries, restaurants, hotels and airlines worldwide. Equilibrium Intertrade, for its part, has brought in beverages and juices, while Sonrace Inc. showcased Whittaker’s chocolates.
Other products featured in the trade fair included Easiyo DIY Yogurt (complete with the main ingredients and tools to make your own yogurt) from Cambert Pilipinas; lamb, beef and oysters from My Own Meatshop and WestPac Meat Processing; Palm Corned Beef brought in by Federated Distributors; New Zealand classic ice cream flavors such as Hokey Pokey and Golden Manuka Honey from New Zealand Natural Ice Cream; and fresh fruits like kiwi, persimmon, apples and cherries flown in by Elite Fruit Marketing.
Those who love to travel will surely appreciate the offers of Singapore Airlines and Destinations Unlimited. Singapore Airlines gives shoppers with a Php2,000 single or accumulated worth of receipts from purchases made from Glorietta 1 to 5, The Link or 6750 merchants and who also purchase a Singapore Airlines Auckland/Christchurch ticket a chance to win an Experience New Zealand tour package for 5 to 6 days to Auckland, New Zealand, inclusive of a Singapore Airlines return ticket from Manila, Cebu, Davao or Kalibo, accommodations and tours.
Singapore Airlines tickets to Auckland and Christchurch start at U.S.$990.
Participating travel agents are also offering tour packages to New Zealand starting from U.S.$1,197 per person for a minimum or two persons traveling together. These tour packages cover not just Auckland and Christchurch but also Queenstown, North Island, South Island sites such as the Hobbiton movie set and the Lord of the Rings Edoras location.
“We invite Filipinos to come and experience New Zealand at Glorietta – top quality food and wine, as well as some traditional New Zealand culture. This is also our way of inviting Filipinos to visit New Zealand, one of the world’s top tourist destinations,” says New Zealand Ambassador Reuben Levermore.
Levermore welcomed local media to his official residence in Makati days before the staging of the Experience New Zealand trade fair to give them a taste of New Zealand food, with a buffet menu that included Mesclun Greens with Mango, Apple and Garlic Fried Prawns in Raspberry Dressing; New Zealand Mussels with Crunchy Crumb Topping; Horseradish and New Zealand Smoked Salmon Crusted Snapper Fillet in Tomato Beurre Blanc; New Zealand Beef Kebabs Marinated in New Zealand Yoghurt; Roasted New Zealand Lamb Leg with Caramelized Garlic in Red Wine Shallot Sauce on the carvery; and Mango-Kiwi Pavlova for dessert.
The trade fair preview was also attended by Singapore Airlines’ marketing and communications services manager Rita Dy; Ayala Malls’ VP and head of operations, Commercial Business Group, Rowena Tomeldan; Ayala Malls’ marketing senior division manager Maricris Bernardo; and Ayala Center’s senior division manager AC Legarda.