Last weekend was all about culinary heritage at the first ever World Heritage Cuisine Summit and Food Festival in Amritsar. Organised in the heart of Amritsar at Qila Gobindgarh, this one- of-a-kind festival was inaugurated by Punjab Culture Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday.
The fest brought together more than 100 chefs from across the globe in order to promote food culture and sustainable food practice. The summit was helmed by Chef Manjit Gill who is the president of the Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA). The three-day festival had master classes, live demonstrations, presentations and panel discussions.
The best part of the event was that it began at the beautiful Golden Temple that holds the cultural heritage of Amritsar. There are more than three thousand people who manage the Gurudwara. This includes langar seva too. A lot of people volunteer to prepare langar at the langar hall in the Gurudwara. Chefs from all around the world started the summit by paying respects at Sri Harmandir Sahab or Golden Temple. Chefs from different corners of India to chefs from Turkey, Armenia, Cambodia, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Macau, Singapore, and Thailand were part of the summit among others.
The event had the world kitchen under one roof with so many food experiences of different places from around the world, which were presented through live kitchens and masterclasses. The fest had food specialties of India, especially Amritsar.
The culinary experience at the World Heritage Cuisine Summit & Food Festival was further enhanced with masterclasses by Coca-Cola India where renowned chefs from different countries conducted created delicious mocktail recipes using natural juices like Minute Maid. These interesting mocktails were quick to prepare and were inspired by both global and Indian culinary traditions. The main idea behind these masterclasses was to promote sustainable agriculture, increase farm productivity, promote fruit processing capacity in the country and help farmers improve their incomes.
The three-day event was a great learning experience for everyone, right from culinary students to professional chefs. With chefs from more than 40 countries, people got an opportunity to interact all about food and learn unknown things about the food experiences at different places. Especially for culinary students, it was a great opportunity for them to learn from renowned chefs at the summit.
A group of student volunteers shared that they were really honoured to be associated with an event like this one, and they are glad that they got an opportunity to learn from some of the best chefs of the industry. Another great achievement was that Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also promised a culinary art institute for Amritsar for budding chefs and culinary artists.
The event was a great success with both Indian and International chefs coming together and sharing their culinary heritage. In the years to come, we are looking forward to more such summits that help us retain these culinary treasures and forward them to future generations with pride.
This article was originally published in HerZindagi.com