Monthly Archives: August 2018

Te Maeva Nui 2018—A Celebration of Culture

Those of you who follow us will know about our annual pilgrimage to our little piece of paradise, the Cook Islands, where we’ve been going almost every year for the past 18 years. In that time we’ve made some great friendships with the lovely people from the islands, and the following photos are from one such person—Ronnie Si’ulepa, a great guy and a brilliant photographer—so we thought he deserved a mention.

TMN 2018 7Te Maeva Nui is an annual event throughout the islands that celebrates and commemorates the Cook Island Maori culture and heritage. This event is held on the capital of Rarotonga during the first week in August every year; celebrating the 4 August birthday of the Cook Islands as an independent nation, and draws visitors from all the outer islands and around the world. The celebrations include parades, song and dance festivals and competitions, music and drumming, arts and crafts, and food!

 

Check out some of the terrific images from Te Maeva Nui 2018—photos by Ronnie Si’ulepa.

 

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And, on the subject of food … here’s something to tempt your appetite from cafés and restaurants on Rarotonga. Will we see you there next year?

FOTB Seared Tuna

FOTB Seared Tuna and crumbed Mahi Mahi – photo by LFW

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Smoked Marlin Hash – photo by LFW

Chicken and mango salad

Chicken and Mango Salad – photo by LFW

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Underground Spirits in Canberra

No it’s not about the Yowie Man’s ghost and poltergeist tours. Did you know Canberra has own award-winning distillery? Underground Spirits, located in Kambah, makes gin and vodka, and has recently revealed a completely new look. James Bond would love it!

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Although it’s had a rebrand, it’s still the same premium quality and taste which has just seen them knock out the competition and scoop major awards at two highly acclaimed international spirits awards, making them Canberra’s most awarded spirits brand.

Underground Spirits was awarded Silver for gin and vodka, Silver in the Vodka & Tonic category, and Bronze in the Gin & Tonic category, at the 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). Announced on 24 July in London, the IWSC is the world’s oldest and most highly-regarded wine and spirits tasting competition, with entries received from nearly 90 countries worldwide. The distillery also received a Double Gold for its vodka, and a Silver medal for its gin at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, regarded as one of the most competitive and influential and competitions in the spirit world.

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Underground Spirits’ founder, Dr Toby Angstmann commented. “These recent award wins have seen Underground Spirits become Canberra’s most awarded spirits brand. We have now won eleven awards for our gin and seven awards for our vodka both here in Australia and internationally which is just phenomenal”.

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These awards have come at an exciting time for Underground Spirits which has recently undergone a complete rebrand. Underground Spirits’ vodkas and gins are now presented in modern bottles with bold new labels with a colour palette that reflects the Canberran landscape, and feature a stylised map of Canberra, and is designed to reflect the brands personality—modern, innovative, and a reflection of the true Australian character. The map is a symbol of place and process and signifies the use of regional ingredients.

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“Our new brand will help launch and expand Underground Spirits globally, while firmly cementing our Canberra roots through the design and brand identity,” concluded Toby.

US Gettin figgyAnd to cap it off … here’s a recipe from Underground Spirits for their cocktail Getting’ Figgy with It.

40ml Underground Spirits Vodka
30ml Cider
2 fresh figs
A dash of lemon juice
Thyme syrup (optional)
Mix the figs & lemon juice into a cocktail shaker adding a scoop of ice & a dash of Thyme syrup.
Add our Signature Vodka shaking until well chilled, then strain into your glass of choice.
Finish off with the cider & a sprig of Thyme.

To celebrate the launch of their new brand, Underground Spirits is offering free shipping on all its orders within Australia for the month of August 2018.

Images courtesy Threesides Marketing and Underground Spirits.