Gas­tron­omy takes cen­tre stage today

Jamaica Gleaner - - ANNOUNCEMENTS -

GAS­TRON­OMY, WHICH is the art of eat­ing and drink­ing, is to be the fo­cus of a sem­i­nar or­gan­ised by the tourism min­istry, as it utilises in­no­va­tive ways to grow the tourism in­dus­try.

Pro­moted through the min­istry’s Tourism Link­ages Net­work, the sem­i­nar, dubbed ‘Gas­tron­omy of Fats and Oils – The Art of Choos­ing, Pre­par­ing and Cook­ing Good Food’, will be held today at the Hil­ton Rose Hall Re­sort and Spa in Mon­tego Bay, St James.

The sem­i­nar forms part of four other net­works that aim to di­ver­sify tourism of­fer­ings, cre­ate busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­crease the use of lo­cal goods and ser­vices within the tourism sec­tor.

The oth­ers in­clude health and well­ness, knowl­edge, shop­ping, and sport and en­ter­tain­ment.

FIRST-CLASS DES­TI­NA­TION

At the Tourism Link­ages Net­work strat­egy ses­sion in Au­gust, Tourism Min­is­ter Ed­mund Bartlett noted that if the net­works per­form op­ti­mally, the re­sult would be a bol­ster­ing of Ja­maica’s po­si­tion as a first­class tourist des­ti­na­tion.

Con­se­quently, the coun­try would be at­trac­tive to in­vestors.

Mean­while, Tourism Link­ages Net­work head, Carolyn McDon­ald Ri­ley, out­lined that food is an area that at­tracts many tourists, as peo­ple travel around the world to sample dif­fer­ent cuisines.

McDon­ald Ri­ley in­formed that the con­cen­tra­tion on fats and oils is as a re­sult of Ja­maica’s big ap­petite for those kinds of food groups.

In­ter­na­tional Fats and Oils Con­sul­tant, Judy A. Carter, will present on the chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion and the best uses of fats and oils.

An­other fea­ture of the sem­i­nar will be meet­ings with ex­ec­u­tive, pas­try and sous chefs to in­form them of the var­i­ous spices and sauces Ja­maica has to of­fer.

Gas­tro­nomic tourism is con­sid­ered to be a cru­cial one, be­cause of its propen­sity to make a vis­i­tor’s trip a unique one. It also places the spotlight on the des­ti­na­tion and helps to bol­ster its rep­u­ta­tion as a good one.

Se­prod Lim­ited, which has part­nered with the min­istry, is a ma­jor spon­sor of the event.

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