16 exhibitors in the catering industry participate in the Malta Catering Expo 2020
Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said that the tourism industry evolved from a dependency on providing basic services to enlarge the industry to a commitment on quality.
The Minister was speaking during the inauguration of a seminar, organised by hospitality magazine Horeca during the catering expo at Ta’ Qali. She stressed on the importance that the industry reflects the demand for wider factors of culture, history, tourism and the Maltese unique characteristics.
Minister Farrugia Portelli stated that the most popular destinations in recent years were the ones which experimented in their tourist product. As to food and drinks, she said that these form an integral part of what tourists want.
Earlier, the Tourism Minister met with some of the exhibitors at the food and drink expo, with the main attraction being the competitions between over 200 chefs who will compete for the best chef of the year and those in specialised categories in the catering sector.
Dr Lino Schembri, chief executive of the Maltese Chefs Association, said various criteria determine the selection of winners.
“As innovative categories we have street food, a new trend by many people who prefer caravan food on streets – an industry which is getting bigger….we also have displays during these four days…there is always something new”.
The catering expo continues till Thursday.