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NIHOTOUR confirms Spain, four others for 2024 Gastronomy Festival, masterclass for chefs

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National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), organisers of the annual Gastronomy Festival has confirmed the participation of five countries for this year’s edition billed for Friday, May 31 in Abuja

The countries which are expected to feature at the food expo, through their various diplomatic missions in the country, include; Spain, China, Trinidad &, Tobago, Senegal, and Congo DR.

NIHOTOUR Gastronomy Festival is a exhibition of gastronomy tourism that attracts over 5000 visitors and tourists.

The theme for this year’s festival is; “Sustainable Food Production from Farm to Table.”

According to NIHOTOUR, participation in this leading food festival is free of charge to organisations, food exhibitors, tourists, and visitors.

The NIHOTOUR Gastronomy Festival is organised, every year since 2021, to bridge the gap in the dearth of skilled gastronomy and culinary personnel in the sectors in Nigeria. The festival provides one of the best opportunities for hospitality and tourism personnel, stakeholders, students, and enthusiasts to have hands-on learning and experiences on the sustainability of gastronomy tourism in Nigeria.

For this year’s edition, there will be exhibition of Nigerian foods and beverages, from the country’s six-geographic zones by NIHOTOUR, exhibition of international cuisines by foreign missions in Nigeria, and exhibition of signature foods by leading chefs and restaurant franchises in Nigeria.

Other activities, in the arena of the foods’ exhibitions, are live cake making competition by culinary schools in Abuja.

In addition , the Gastronomy Festival programmes and activities for this year will feature the Spanish Embassy in Nigeria, in partnership with NIHOTOUR, hosting a Masterclass for culinary schools and Chefs in Lagos, on 26th of May and in Abuja on the 29th of May. Chef Alex Marugan, the celebrated chef from Madrid Spain, and his team, will be teaching the class.

This will be Chef Alex Marugan’s second masterclass in Nigeria, courtesy of the Spanish Embassy. His first was at last year’s Gastronomy Festival in Abuja.

NIHOTOUR Gastronomy Festival will be rounded off in the evening with live musical performances by leading artists in the country at a Gala & Award Night where NIHOTOUR will induct new Fellows of the Institute (FHTI) for their outstanding contributions to the growth and development of the Hospitality and Tourism sectors in Nigeria.

NIHOTOUR is a agency in the Federal Ministry of Tourism established with the mandates to train, certify and accredit personnel working in Nigeria’s hospitality, travel and tourism sector.