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Delhi to host first Tasting India Symposium from December 2 to 4, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016, 13:30 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff |New Delhi

With the objective to promote India’s food diversity and heritage within India and overseas, Sweden-based India Unlimited has joined hands with well-known food writer, Sourish Bhattacharyya to launch ‘Tasting India Symposium’. The first Tasting India Symposium will be held in Delhi at India Habitat Centre between December 2 and 4 this year. the A curtain raiser of the Symposium was held last week at WelcomHotel Sheraton New Delhi over a panel discussion on ‘Unravelling the Secrets of the Kitchens of India’.

Sharing the vision behind the Tasting India Symposium, Sanjoo Malhotra, Chief Executive Director of India Unlimited said that while food is India’s strong “soft power”, it has not received the right recognition. “Our intention is to create a movement so that India also becomes a culinary destination in the next 20 to 25 years. India is nowhere today as a culinary destination. We have to do a lot to reach there,” he said citing examples of France, Italy, Spain, etc. Embassies of India overseas have to take the lead in organizing food tasting events, promotions, etc., he said.

 Malhotra said that they will also showcase Indian food at 2017 Stockholm Cultural Festival where India will be the theme country next year.

 Speaking to Hospitality Biz, Bhattacharyya said that the intent is to “create a bridge” between the opinion makers of the world and the experts in the Indian culinary industry to promote diversity and richness of Indian food. “There is still not much idea about the depth and diversity of Indian food outside India. Culinary Tourism is really big all over the world. But India doesn’t figure anywhere,” he said.

The organizers have plans to take the initiative to different cities of India in coming years.

 The panelists at the panel discussion, Unravelling the Secrets of the Kitchens of India’, included Chef Manjit Gill of ITC Hotels, noted Chicago-based food historian Colleen Taylor Sen, India's foremost chronicler of our food heritage, Salma Hussain, American journalist based in Mumbai, Michael Snyder, leading food bloggers Mohit Balachandran and Sangeeta Khanna, and Viraj Bahl, Founder & CEO of Veeba Food Products.

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