International Spice Route Culinary Festival and Competition

When, local time: 
Friday, 23 September 2016 - 9:30am to Monday, 26 September 2016 - 9:00pm
Where: 
India, Cochin
Type of Event: 
Special Event
Contact: 
v.raghavan@unesco.org

UNESCO New Delhi and the Government of Kerala Department of Tourism are jointly organizing an ‘International Spice Route Culinary Festival and Competition’ to be held from 23-26 September 2016 at Bolgatty Palace Hotel, Cochin, Kerala. Inspired by the ancient spice trade which connected Kerala with some 31 countries across the world, the Culinary festival will feature chefs from spice route nations like Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar and Thailand, to name a few, who will prepare creative dishes around the theme of the Spice Route.
The recent archaeological discovery of the legendary ancient port of Muziris (the main centre of Spice Route that had disappeared from the history since 1341), has revealed the evidence of active exchange between the State of Kerala with 31 countries across the globe from Far East to Europe, Africa and Arabian world. UNESCO has signed a cooperation agreement with the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala to promote intercultural dialogues between these countries through the revival of Ancient Spice Route thus reconnecting India with the world to mutually promote the history and heritage of Spice Route through joint research, heritage project and cultural activities.
As part of the project, an International Culinary Festival and Competition is organised on the theme of spices, from 23 to 26 September 2016 at Bolgatty Palace Hotel, Kochi – Kerala, India.
The international competition will feature chefs from spice route nations like Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Lebanon, Qatar, Thailand, to name a few, who will be adjudged by a panel of juror. The choicest cuisine, along the historic Spice Route, will be the highlight of the event. The winning entrant and two runners-up will be felicitated during the culinary festivals valedictory session. Held under the auspices of the Spice Route project, this initiative of the culinary festival is a first-of-its-kind celebration of flavours and friendship that will see the participant countries sampling Kerala’s cultural and gastronomic offerings besides participating in cooking demonstrations and culinary discussions.
Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala and UNESCO sees the historical trading relations of the state with the rest of the world as a tremendous opportunity for building international cultural relations and an opportunity of expanding global cultural relations following the ‘Spice Trade Route’ with some of the oldest and culturally rich countries of the world and a focus on the promotion of cultural tourism.