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Seychelles authorities confirm that the Praslin Island hotels are playing the culinary card and in so doing they are showcasing the unique Seychellois culture

Seychelles authorities confirm that the Praslin Island hotels are playing the culinary card and in so doing they are showcasing the unique Seychellois culture ( Seychelles’ Praslin Island hotels playing culinary card and in so doing they are showcasing the unique Seychellois culture

“The recent Praslin Culinary&Arts Fiesta is having the desired effect in promoting the use of the unique Seychellois Culture," said Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, who was himself personally on Praslin for the island's spectacular fiesta. The Fiesta that was held over three days last week has seen the unconditional support of many tourism establishments, and some hoteliers and restaurateurs have gone the extra mile in creating a festive mood with a Seychellois Creole flavor at their own properties.

Minister St.Ange, accompanied by Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Tourism Board; Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism; and the Tourism Board's News Bureau team made time during the evening of Friday to sample Creole Cuisine at “Cafe Le Monde” at Grand Anse Praslin. Here, Therese Ferrari showed that a grilled Bourgeois Fish remains an unrivalled delicacy of the islands. The restaurant has an open-fire pizza oven sitting in the restaurant itself from which they prepare their very own pizza bread strips which they serve as snacks as clients wait for their meal.

Minister Sinon and Benjamine Rose, the PS for Culture, joined the tourism team on Saturday evening for an Indian meal at Le Relax Praslin. Here again, diversity in gastronomy on offer today on the island of Praslin showed clearly that the island’s tourism trade had embraced the appeal to make Praslin stand out as the island offering nothing but good food. Pravin Darad and his team at Le Relax Praslin said that they remained set to expand the culinary delights of Praslin. Saturday evening was also marked by a Moutya Evening at Hotel L'Archipel, and this came with its traditional bonfire to heat the drums.

Louis D'Offay and his son Lucas had been hosting a group of travel agents who were on an educational visit from London and were on hand to welcome Minister St.Ange and Minister Sinon and the tourism team. The sounds of the Moutya drums provided the ideal backdrop for the hotel guests, and they wasted no time to show that they were all eager to learn the steps of the Seychelles traditional Moutya dance. The perfect beach setting of Hotel L'Archipel provided the ideal location for a traditional Moutya evening with its bonfire.

At the same time, Rosemarie Hoareau, the Director of Marketing of the Tourism Board, had gone to the Paradise Sun Hotel where Lionel Ferrari had laid an extensive Creole buffet that was being appreciated by the hotel's many guests as a local Praslin band played Seychelles Creole music, and the diners danced to their heart's content.

Ile des Palmes Hotel of Christopher Gill was also not to be left behind and was ensuring that honeymooners at his homegrown hotel were enjoying the hotel's “Love Dessert” that is served in a half Coco de Mer shell. The recipe of this unique dessert is based on an old Praslin recipe and has been well appreciated by everyone.

Sunday lunch at Village du Pecheur Hotel saw a delightful authentic Creole buffet served, and this was enjoyed by Minister St.Ange and his delegation. Mary Geers and her team managing this beachside hotel are going out of their way to keep the Creole feel and culture at the center of their operation.

“Many other establishments had moved in the right direction and were today embracing the main USP, the Unique Selling Point, of the Seychelles, and that only USP that has the DNA of the Seychelles is our culture. The Praslin Culinary and Arts Fiesta was aimed at bringing out the best in our unique culture and this has been achieved," said Minister St.Ange

PHOTO: The Moutya evening at Hotel L'Archipal


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