The 14th edition of the annual Food & Hospitality Oman was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Hamad bin Saeed Al-Awfi, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and graced by a VIP entourage headed by SABCO Group of Companies member
Sayyid Nasr bin Badr Al Busaidi, diplomatic corps members, high ranking government representatives and officials, and top executives of food and hospitality companies.
This year, organizer Omanexpo has introduced a raft of new features such as the Waiters' Race and Bedmaking Competition in its bid to open up more avenues and opportunities for the entire hospitality supply chain. Also for the first time, a live cooking demonstration of the traditional Omani halwa will be presented by Al Hosni Omani Sweets alongside a display of its most popular sweets. The event will also play host to 2018 World Barista Champion Agnieszka Rojes, who will display her world-class coffee making and brewing skills through demonstrations on the last day.
This is apart from its already-established Oman Barista Competition, Battle of the Burgers, and its signature Professional Chefs Competition, which will place the skills and expertise of amateur and professional cooks alike, chefs and baristas under the scrutiny of top industry judges.
For three days, the popular trade event will be a showcase of about 600 local and international brands from leading exporters of food and hospitality products, services and equipment. The brands, representing 21 exhibiting countries, cover the entire gamut of the food and hospitality sector, with products and services relating to food products, beverages, agriculture and fisheries, ingredients and seasoning, catering and kitchen equipment, packaging systems, resort and spa facilities, hotel decor, hotel and hospitality technologies, HORECA furniture and services, and food processing technologies.
Highlighting the exhibition are the national pavilions of India, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia Vietnam and South Africa as well as a dedicated Omani products pavilion featuring the leading food brands in Oman.
A free-to-attend conference on food safety will provide relevant insights and current information by key industry players and experts.
Food and Hospitality Oman's partner and supporter lineup includes Omani Products, Madayn, Riyada (Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development), Oman Chefs Guild, India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), Department of Trade and Industry (South Africa), Pakistan Embassy, Indonesia Embassy, Welbilt, Trade Links and Services, McCain, Oman Tourism College, Areej Vegetable Oils & Derivatives, Paramount Food Service Equipment Solutions, La Marquise International, Renaissance and National Hospitality Institute.
Food and Hospitality Oman Exhibition will be open from October 14 to 16, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.