The 31st edition of Food Hospitality World held in Goa saw another year of networking, knowledge exchange and growth opportunities. After being inaugurated by the tourism minister of Goa, the three – day show successfully ended with the participants gaining a new outlook of Goa’s hospitality market
Bringing together the professionals of the food, drinks and hospitality industry, this year’s edition of Food Hospitality World (FHW) Goa exhibition featured over 5,000 product categories with participation from eminent stakeholders of the Goa market. Organised from June 1- 3, 2017 at Dr S P Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in the state capital Panaji, the show was inaugurated by the tourism minister of Goa, Manohar Ajgaonkar. Chef Ranjeet Pandey, president, Goa Culinary Forum and Mohan Deshpande, president, Hospitality Purchase Managers’ Forum (HPMF) were also present at the inauguration, extending their support.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Ajgaonkar said, “Goa is a beautiful destination, naturally blessed with beaches and also known for its churches and good food. I thank The Indian Express and Global Fairs & Media for bringing an exhibition of this magnitude in Goa and helping to grow the hospitality industry in the state. As FHW also has international participants from Russia and Belarus, it will help to put Goa on the global hospitality and tourism map.”
Chef Pandey also extended his thanks to FHW. “It is a privilege to be associated with FHW and I wish to extend all support to take this show to the next level,” he said. Commenting on HPMF’s long association with the show, Deshpande stated, “This exhibition has been of great help to the purchase managers in Goa as it was very difficult to procure products earlier. This show has filled the gap by bringing the right products at good price to the local industry.”
Complementing business and industry networking opportunities, the first day also featured insightful sessions based on industry topics. The Hospitality Think Tank – The GM’s Conclave was the first session of the day bringing together general managers from leading hotels and resorts in Goa such as Alila Diwa Goa, Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, The Leela Goa, W Goa and Novotel Hotel & Resorts. The panel discussion threw light on Goa as a wedding market and what hinders its growth as a tourism destination. All the general managers agreed that Goa still has a lot of potential as a wedding destination and factors like better infrastructure can further give fillip to the segment, along with tourism boost.
This was followed by the The ‘FHW Trendsetter Honours’. The evening saw different segments in the hospitality industry get recognised for their work in the Goa market.
On day two, a power packed panel discussion on green purchasing in the hospitality industry, followed by the FHW Procurement Awards also witnessed great response from the audience.
Live workshops spread over the three days gathered maximum crowd with Goan homemakers and budding chefs eager to learn new culinary skills. The ‘3D Cake Art’ by Dubai based cake artist Vinita Lobo, ‘Apple Mania’ using Washington Apples by Chef Gangadhar Bahera, executive sous chef, Cidade De Goa; molecular gastronomy by chefs from Radisson Blu, all witnessed great participation from the visitors.
This year’s culinary competitions included Mixology Championship, Culinary Challenge of Goa and Professional Housekeepers’ Challenge. Some interesting themes like ‘Essence of Goa’, ‘Sustainability’, ‘Wealth out of Waste’ dominated the challenges this year.
FHW is a focused B2B trade show for the fast growing food and hospitality industry with the main objective of creating bigger opportunities and successful businesses for companies and trade professionals in India. The different editions of Food Hospitality World (FHW) India bring together a mix of quality and quantity of buyers from across India, offering Indian and international brands a wide spectrum of opportunities for business networking and partnerships with established players and buyers in Indian markets.