Taranaki enjoys a taste of the FIFA U-20 World Cup

FIFA U-20 World Cup host city New Plymouth has given football fans a taste of what’s to come when the tournament kicks off in host cities around New Zealand on 30 May.

FIFA U-20 World Cup host city New Plymouth has given football fans a taste of what’s to come when the tournament kicks off in host cities around New Zealand on 30 May.
 
In the video - created to celebrate the impending tournament - one of New Plymouth’s most accomplished chefs treated locals to tasty dishes from each of the four nations that are based in the city during their pool games.
 
The speciality dishes from Brazil, Hungary, Korea DPR and Nigeria were served up, leaving the blind-tasting diners to guess the nation that each dish came from. And it seems the people of New Plymouth are more than ready to welcome some of the brightest stars in the world, especially if their sense of taste is anything to go by.
 
While all taste-testers enjoyed delights such as Brazilian dessert quindim and Korea’s samgyeopsal, it was the Hungarian langos that proved to be a real hit with the diners.
 
The clip was shot at New Plymouth cookery school Cook, Learn, Love and the food prepared by former fine dining chef Helen Flitcroft, whose talents and love of refined and uncomplicated French cuisine have taken her from the French Alps to Australia before settling in New Plymouth.
 
With a penchant for local produce and a keen advocate of ‘paddock to plate’ Helen offers cooking classes with a difference to those looking to enchant their taste buds and enhance their skills. 
 

Taranaki Gets a Taste for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015

As the tournament – the second biggest in FIFA’s calendar – approaches, the good people of New Plymouth have come up with another video clip promoting their beautiful region complete with football finesse.
 
The video shows a keen local footballer playing ‘keepy uppy’ around some of the city’s iconic spots.
 
The trip takes the footballer to Mount Egmont National Park where the spectacular snow-capped Mt Taranaki can be seen in the distance. He continues keeping the ball in check as he crosses the award-winning Te Rewa Rewa Bridge - a bridge that represents a breaking wave and a whale skeleton, and along the Coastal Walkway – a 12.7km sea-edge promenade that follows the city’s impressive coastline and world class surf.
 
The journey ends at Stadium Taranaki – the stadium where dreams will either be dashed or come true for the four teams who will make New Plymouth their home during the early part of the tournament.  
 
The city will host six games - five pool matches and a Round of 16 clash – from 1 June 2015, and this region and its people are ready to welcome the world. 
 

About New Plymouth

Taranaki - on the North Island's rugged west coast and dominated by Mt Taranaki – has a contrasting landscape and accessible, outdoor activities.
 
This fertile farming region is famed for its many internationally significant gardens, major arts collections and cultural events, and alpine to surf adventures. An almost perfect volcanic cone, Mt Taranaki (2518m) is a year-round outdoor destination with more than 300km of walking tracks, winter skiing and snowboarding, and heritage gardens.
 
Taranaki has some of New Zealand’s best surf, and the south to north-facing coastline means the surf’s usually up somewhere. Surf Highway 45, a scenic coastline road between New Plymouth and Hawera, travels to the top surf spots.
 

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015

Seven host cities across New Zealand will host some of the most talented rising stars of the world game at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
 
Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Wellington in the North Island will host games, while Christchurch and Dunedin will represent the South Island. The schedule sees four pool games played in two of the seven host cities daily - with plenty of double-header football action to whet the sporting appetite.
During the three-week tournament (30 May - 20 June, 2015) New Zealand will play host to 24 international teams, with a total of 52 matches played. 
 
Broadcast to more than 100 countries, with a global reach of around 170 million people, the FIFA U-20 World Cup will also help promote New Zealand to the world. Thousands of overseas football fans are expected to travel to the country in support of their team.
 

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