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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 1:30 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 1:30 AM (IST)

World food summit begins in Amritsar today

Neha Saini

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 11

Amritsar is set to host the first-ever World Heritage Cuisine Summit & Food Festival-2018 from October 12 to 14. In the backdrop of the heritage surroundings of Qila Gobindgarh, the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh that was recently restored, the summit will feature dishes from 70 countries.

These include Turkey, Armenia, Cambodia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Namibia, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, US, Ukraine, UAE, Vietnam and Wales.

Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will inaugurate the summit, which is being helmed by Manjit Gill, president, Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA). The recently constituted World Cultural Culinary Heritage Committee, under the aegis of the World Association of Chefs Societies (World Chefs), is hosting the event in collaboration with the IFCA. Renowned culinary expert Thomas Gugler, president of World Chefs since 2016, will be the star attraction at the summit.

The first day will host representatives of various countries at the food pavilion and over the course of three days, live demonstrations, master classes, food tastings and presentations will be held. Talks will also be held with regard to traditional cuisines of participating nations and special manifesto will also be launched, advocating sustainable food practices and the “hunger initiative” undertaken by Manjit Gill. Five popular dishes from the holy city will share the spotlight with global cuisines, including makhan fish, Amritsari kulcha and sweet lassi. There will also be a turban-tying competition and folk performances.

70 countries to take part 

  • The World Heritage Cuisine Summit & Food Festival-2018 will feature food from across 70 countries
  • Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will inaugurate the summit, which is being helmed by Manjit Gill, president, Indian Federation of Culinary Associations 
  • Five popular dishes from the holy city will share the spotlight with global cuisines, including makhan fish, Amritsari kulcha and sweet lassi. 

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