Oman food expo to have ‘Battle of the Burgers’ competition

Muscat: With the participation of over 400 top local and international brands from close to 100 companies, the 13th edition of Food and Hospitality Oman Exhibition will be held at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre from October 15 to 17.

The event will be inaugurated by Minister of Tourism Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamed al Mahrizi.

Announcing the details of the exhibition at a press conference at Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday, Ammar Ahmad, Exhibition Director said that the highlight of this year’s show is the first-time participation of Belarusian companies.

“Under the theme Belarus-The Taste of Nature, these companies are producers of meat and dairy products, as well as food producers”, he said.

Belarus is known for its high-quality food and food products and gourmet cuisine.

There will also be a dedicated Omani products pavilion featuring the leading food brands in Oman, he said.

The annual trade show, conducted by Omanexpo is recognized as the landmark event in Oman for the food and hospitality industry.

The brands, representing 16 exhibiting countries, cover the entire gamut of the food and hospitality sector.

The products and services at the show relate to food products, beverages, agriculture and fisheries, ingredients and seasoning, catering and kitchen equipment, packaging systems, resort and spa facilities, hotel décor, hotel and hospitality technologies, HORECA furniture and services, and food processing technologies.

Country representations include Belarus, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and UAE.

Business-to-business meetings will also be part of the show offering.

Food and Hospitality Oman’s partner and supporter lineup includes Omani Products, Riyada (Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development), Oman Chefs Guild, National Hospitality Institute, Unilever Food Solutions, McCain Foods, and Paramount Middle East Equipment Trading.

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As is customary, the Food and Hospitality Oman Exhibition this year will treat the visitors to a showdown of well-renowned chefs in Oman through the highly acclaimed Professional Chefs Competition organized in association with Oman Chefs Guild.

The much sought-after Oman Barista Competition, a joint initiative of Al Roofoof Hotel Supplies & Trading, Astoria, illy, and National Hospitality Institute, has been a crowd-puller in the coffee scene throughout the five editions since its launch.

Also this year, Omanexpo has added a new culinary competition — Battle of the Burgers — the first-ever competition of its kind in Oman hosted by global frozen food company McCain, where the best grilling joints in the country vie for the title “Best Burger in Oman.”