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Second Tasting India Symposium to release Good Food Manifesto for India

To create a movement to promote India as a culinary tourism destination

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 15:00 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff| New Delhi

The second annual edition of Tasting India Symposium which is scheduled between December 13 and 17 in Delhi NCR will release a ‘Good Food Manifesto’ for India to create a movement to promote India as a culinary tourism destination. According to Sanjoo Malhotra, Chief Executive Director of India Unlimited, one of the founders of Tasting India Symposium, the idea is to replicate something in the lines of ‘Nordic Food Manifesto’ that eventually changed the image of Nordic countries and catapulted Copenhagen as a culinary tourism destination. “Nordic Food Manifesto was released in 2004. Then famous restaurants like Noma came into being and new Nordic cuisines became a big magnet for culinary tourism in Copenhagen. We want, with the support of the industry partners here, to create a movement in India so that 100s of indigenous Noma’s are set up to showcase our local cuisine and attract travellers from across the globe,” he said.

While the first edition of Tasting India Symposium was a three-day affair, this year it will be a five-day schedule with more features so as to make the event more engaging and experiential for participants. The objective, according to Malhotra, is to generate a 360-degree discussion on the varied aspects of food. “Therefore, our theme this year is ‘Farm to Table’,” he said.

Giving a rough agenda of the Symposium, Malhotra said that the event will start with a ‘Table in the Farm’ lunch curated by Chef Nishant Chaubey at the Rajokri Farm of the Roseate Hotels & Resorts by the Bird Group, followed by a discussion on Food Sustainability – Reducing Food Wastage in collaboration with FSSAI, the food regulator. The objective is to evolve an “Action Plan to reduce food wastage”, Malhotra said. FSSAI is also expected to launch their ‘Food donation’ programme from the Tasting India platform.

“Our ultimate objective is to take Indian food into the UNESCO’s intangible heritage list. Based on that thinking, we are inviting renowned culinary historian, Colleen Taylor to the symposium,” he said. She will talk on ‘Leaves out of India’s food history’ at the symposium on the second day. The organisers have plans to bring on board state governments to the symposium so that the messages about food, sustainability, organic farming, etc. are disseminated to the stakeholders at different levels.

Tasting India seminar this year will also see policy makers taking part in the deliberations. Separate sessions will see active participation of Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister; Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Pawan Agarwal, MD & CEO, FSSAI, among others.

There will be an off-site to the Vedatya Institute of Hospitality in Gurgaon, which is the only hospitality institute in the country built in an organic farm, on the fourth day where an interactive discussion between the students and the Young Chefs Forum on Sustainable India is scheduled. As in the last year, the organisers have also designed a ‘Chaupal’ by bringing together organic farmers and chefs from the industry this year as well on the fourth day.

This year we want to address different issues related with food. We have a clear cut perspective as the theme suggests – Farm to Table. This year we are doing the ‘Chaupal’ in an organic farm rather than doing it in a city hotel,” he informed.

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