The Chefs Association of Ghana (CAG) will on 19th -20th September, 2018 host the maiden West Africa Food Festival (WAFFEST) in Accra, Ghana’s capital.
The event which is partnership with the Ghana Tourism Federation, Tourism Society of Ghana and the Ghana Tourism Authority is to highlight the spectacular unity in diversity of the West African people through their gastronomic cultures, and as a host nation, showcase the array of Ghanaian indigenous meals, their method of preparation and the ways in which they can be promoted.
Additionally, the festival aims to project West Africa as a primary culinary destination for food tourism. In an interview with www.voyagesafriq.com, CAG President, Isaac Sackey said “it will strategically project local dishes and ingredients and other sectors within the tourism value chain.
“It will primarily promote the traditional food segment of tourism among Chefs and traditional caterers in West Africa, highlighting how their work can lead to a reduction in imports of the industry commodities while increasing the value of local produce through placement of local dishes on institutional menus and other things we seek to achieve.”
WAFFEST will feature professional chefs cooking competitions, tertiary schools cooking competition, exhibitions and numerous culinary events and activities.
The participating countries include the host country Ghana, Benin, Liberia, Togo, Nigeria, Gambia and South Africa, Lesotho and Azerbaijan as guest countries.
This year’s WAFFEST will end with chefs Association across West Africa drawing a working document to end food waste and contribute to accelerating Africa’s effort in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.