Oman Observer

Oman’s biggest food and hospitality exhibition from October 16

More than 500 global brands from 15 countries will be exhibited at this year’s Food & Hospitality Exhibition & Conference at the New Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre from October 16 to 18. The 12th edition of the event will be inaugurated by Mohsin bin Mohamed al Shaikh, Chairman of Muscat Municipality.
According to officials of Omanexpo, which is organising the event, the brands at the exhibition will cover the entire gamut of the food and hospitality sector, with products and services representing 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.
“The highlights of the exhibition include the Omani Products Pavilion and the India Pavilion, which will showcase 40 companies” said Ammar Ahmad, Exhibition Director, at a press conference in Muscat on Wednesday.
A concurrent feature is the 2nd Food Safety Oman Conference, which will cover current relevant issues as food safety culture and environment, regulatory environment, food handlers training, food inspection, supply chain, logistics and packaging and new technologies, he said.
Speakers will also present best-practice case studies to help and identify how to tackle critical issues in food safety.
Another highlight of the event is the traditional Professional Chefs Competition organised in association with Oman Chefs Guild.
The competition will put more than 50 of the country’s best professional chefs from 4 and 5-star hotels, restaurants, catering companies and bakeries, to a test of skill, technique and style in five categories.
They include a three-Tier Wedding Cake, Tapas, Petit Fours, Live Cooking Mystery Box and Five-Course Gourmet Dinner.
“These kinds of competitions will bring in more professionalism into the hospitality industry”, said Malik al Jahadhami, Vice President of Oman Chefs Guild.
The sought-after Oman Barista Competition will also be a crowd-drawer after successfully making its mark in the coffee scene after four editions.
“Our strategy to offer the sector and its audience and market more opportunities, whether business, investment or learning is contributing much to the sector’s advancement. By creating awareness of current issues and challenges in Oman, especially food safety, which is also a global issue, and bringing in experts to the conference, we are able to create a wider audience and market base”, Ammar said.