Food expo begins on October 15

MUSCAT, OCT 2 – The 13th edition of Food and Hospitality Oman Exhibition will be held at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre from October 15 to 17. Over top 400 local and international brands from close to 100 companies will take part in the event, which will be inaugurated by Minister of Tourism Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamad al Mehrzi. 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,” he said. Belarus is known for its high-quality food products and gourmet cuisine.
There will also be a dedicated pavilion featuring the leading food brands in Oman, he said. The annual trade show, conducted by Omanexpo is recognised as the landmark event in Oman for the food and hospitality industry.
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.
Companies from China, Egypt, India, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and UAE are also taking part.
The Exhibition this year will treat the visitors to a showdown of well-renowned chefs in Oman through the highly acclaimed Professional Chefs Competition organised 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.
Omanexpo has also 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.”

SAMUEL KUTTY