Naija Foodie Update

Foodie Naija Update (All Set For Taste Of Lagos Food Festival)

The maiden edition of Taste of Lagos ‘the original’, a national
template for bringing
stakeholders in the food industry together to celebrate indigenous foods, will make its debut at the National Stadium, Lagos from December 2 to 5 .

The Chief Consultant of Iconic Events Ltd, Mr Abiodun
Fagbohun,
organisers of the event, described Taste of Lagos ‘the
Original’ as a
concept modelled after popular
annual global taste festivals, stressing that the essence of the festival is to bring together the
indigenous foods that reflect the cosmopolitan nature of Lagos.

“We conceptualised Taste of Lagos as the first of our pan-
Nigerian initiative to popularise the rich
food and beverage culture of our
nation as well as help to reinforce the visibility of every
state of the federation on the world tourism map,” he said, adding:

“It is when we embrace programmes like
this to appreciate our foods that our
farmers will be encouraged to
produce more and the economy will be the better for it.”
Fagbohun said the week-long Taste of Lagos will avail food
producers and manufacturers the
opportunity to showcase their
products and give
Nigerians enough reasons to
patronise them.

“Special features of the event include ‘celebrity kitchen’ where popular entertainment
personalities would test their culinary prowess.

About 200 secondary school pupils would also be hosted as
special guests every day to enable them
appreciate the richness of Nigerian
foods. Nutrition experts will also
be on hand to share knowledge on the nutritional values of
indigenous foods,” he said.

He said the concept of Taste of Lagos was introduced to the
Lagos State government in 2005,
following which Iconic Events Ltd
registered the rights nationwide in keeping with global standards of the
event.

“We have the original rights to stage this event in Nigeria
because the taste concept has a universal template that must be followed,”
Fagbohun said
He further explained that Taste of Lagos and others that would go across the country in 2016, will
be targeted at reviving the
indigenous food culture in Nigeria as well as avoiding
potential loss of huge domestic and foreign
earning from tourism.

“The more we move away from our food culture, the more we
move away from what nature has endowed us with and in the next 20 years,
we stand the danger of not finding
local delicacies on family food menus,” he said.

Statutory bodies in charge of foods and standards are expected at the
Taste of Lagos food fair, which will be livened up with music and dance performances from across Lagos and Nigeria.

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