Professional chefs across Africa look to take over the global gastronomy space as the Association of Professional Chefs Nigeria (APCN) looks to play host to West Africa Food Festival (Nigeria 2023) (WAFFEST) in Lagos.
Billed to hold between August 9 and 14, the event, which would see the rich and vast culinary flavours of West Africa and African countries, will be hosted in partnership with the Nigerian Tourism Development Authority (NTDA) and a host of corporate bodies including the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN).
Speaking on the annual food celebration, which is hosted on a rotational basis by chef organizations in West Africa, the President of the Association of Professional Chefs Nigeria, Chef Paulius Okon, APCN is set to host one of the most colourful and eventful gatherings in the annals of WAFFEST.
According to him, it is devoted to, ‘‘celebrating the flavours, sounds and sights of West Africa,’ with the
The theme, Preserving West African flavours: The chef’s role in sustainable food tourism. This, he said is in line with the UNWTO’s charge to countries to seek a more sustainable means of exploring and conserving tourism products and offerings, foods inconclusive.
Some of the features of the six days gathering, he said include indigenous recipes and food displays, an exhibition, a city tour, master classes, competitions and cultural performances by the participating countries, noting that the rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana as well as Senegal of late that has joined by the battle fray over which country cooks the best Jollof Rice, would hopefully be rekindled but not settled.
He further disclosed that chefs and other operators in the food chain value from over10 West African countries, 16 African countries, over 500 participants and 12 corporate partners would attend the event, where over eight competitions and four master classes, as well as food and wine tasting would be on the showpiece.