The Taste of Tanna tour begins In 2020 at the White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa.
The resort has joined forces with local producers to create Tanna Island’s first tour specifically designed to appeal to visiting foodies keen to discover the local produce and cuisine. Available from May to October 2020. The new Taste of Tanna tour experience will include visits to and tastings at a wood-fired bakery and local markets, tours of coffee and peanut processing facilities and an interactive cooking demonstration and lunch at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa.
‘Our Taste of Tanna tour will give guests first-hand insights into the land and people behind some of the most incredible organic and sustainable food and produce, all of which are featured daily on our menu at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa,’ says Euan Marsh, Owner.
‘It will be a very hands-on experience which explores the raw, organic and sustainable production of local fruit, vegetables, coffee, nuts, fish and bread. This culminates with an interactive cooking demonstration at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa followed by lunch with a glass of wine,’ he adds.
‘Taste of Tanna tour is a new hands-on experience exploring the sustainable, organic production of local fruit, vegetables, coffee, fish and bread on Vanuatu’s Tanna Island’
Taste of Tanna tour participants will depart White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa at around 8 am. First stop is the local Imaelone Bakery where the resort’s wood-fired bread is prepared each day. Then the group will head to colourful Lenakel Market where guests can explore and shop at their own pace or join Head Chef Charley and his team as they select ingredients for the resort’s renowned kitchen.
From here the tour continues to the Tanna Coffee Processing Factory at Loukatai where the ‘seed to sip’ experience includes behind the scenes insights into one of Vanuatu’s most famous products. Following a caffeine fix, guests will visit local villages and the market gardens that supply the resort’s organic fruit and vegetables, as well as the Nasi Tuan Factory at Imanaka where locally harvested peanuts are processed.
The tour concludes back at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa’s 5-star commercial kitchen where Charley and his team will demonstrate how to prepare two local specialities, fish Laplap and Simboro, for guests to enjoy with a glass of wine for lunch.
Taste of Tanna will run on market days, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from May to October (the local growing season). The tour comprises a full morning’s activity (from 8 am – 1 pm approx.) and includes tastings and refreshments plus lunch and a glass of wine (or soft drink) at a cost of $110 AUD p.p. (8,500VT). There will be a maximum of eight people in each tour group.
Blessed with some of the South Pacific’s most beautiful beaches, Tanna Island is one of the southernmost islands of the Vanuatu archipelago. White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa is 2km from Tanna Airport and has direct access to the reef edge and inner reef pool snorkelling. Resort facilities also include a swimming pool, pitch ‘n putt golf course, petanque (bocce) field, bicycles, guest library, PADI certified Volcano Island Divers and the Nabisa Day Spa. Accommodation (with tropical breakfast) starts from around $330.00 AUD per night (from 26,250VT).
The Taste of Tanna tour is a new innovation that will help guests really understand the local way of life.