The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has partnered with the Chefs Association of Ghana to organize the maiden edition of the West Africa Food Festival (WAFFEST).
The food festival which took place at the Accra Tourist Information Centre (ATIC) primarily sought to promote the traditional food segment of tourism among chefs and traditional caterers in West Africa.
It also strategically projected local Ghanaian dishes and the ingredients available as well as projecting other sectors within the tourism value chain. In addition, the festival sought to position West Africa as a primary culinary destination for tourists.
In an interview with thebftonline.com, CEO of GTA, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, who doubled as the Special Guest of Honour said: “WAFFEST has provided a unique opportunity for our seasoned chefs gathered here to try new dishes using the wide range of ingredients and resources available in Ghana.”
He added that WAFFEST feeds into the ‘See, Eat, Wear and Feel Ghana’ campaign being run by the Ghana Tourism Authority under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to encourage the patronage of Made-in-Ghana products and inculcate in the citizens the spirit of patriotism.
Mr. Agyeman said he is optimistic that at the end of the day, new and innovative recipes will be outdoored. He encouraged all Ghanaian chefs to come up with recipes or cookery books to help propagate the rich culinary tradition of Ghana as well as enhance and market it.
Activities that took place at the event were professional chefs cooking competition, inter-school cooking competition and exhibition. Participating countries present were Benin, Liberia, Togo, Nigeria, the Gambia, South Africa and Ghana.
This year’s WAFFEST ended with the Chefs Associations across West Africa coming up with a working document to end food wastage and contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
The Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) and the Tourism Society of Ghana (TOSOGHA) were contributing partners for the festival.