Goa Tourism Minister, Manohar Ajgaonkar inaugurated the 31st edition of Food Hospitality World (FHW) expo in Goa today. 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 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 to 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.”
This is the third edition of FHW’s Goa edition, being held from June 1-3 at Dr S P Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in the state capital Panaji. The show will feature over 5,000 product categories and witness participation of over 300 international brands, alongside more than 7,000 industry professionals.
Complementing business and industry networking opportunities, FHW Goa 2017 will also offer insightful sessions based on industry topics. Leading experts and professionals will be part of panel discussions such as Hospitality Think Tank – The GM’s Conclave, The Power of Purchase and Indian Professional Housekeeper’s Association (IPHA).
The event will also feature its renowned live workshops like ‘3D Cake Art’ by Dubai based cake artist Vinita Lobo and ‘Apple Mania’ using Washington Apples by Chef Gangadhar Bahera, executive sous chef, Cidade De Goa. There will be culinary competitions including Mixology Championship, Culinary Challenge of Goa and Professional Housekeepers’ Challenge.
The GM’s Conclave panel discussion will see representations from leading hotels and resorts in Goa such as Alila Diwa Goa, The Zuri White Sands, Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, The Leela Goa, W Goa and more.
The first day will also see the ‘FHW Trendsetter Honours’ which will recognise excellence in different segments of the hospitality industry in Goa.