Taiwan was voted by CNN readers as the number one culinary destination, and its cuisine was listed by U.S.-based financial website Business Insider as one of the most compelling reasons to visit Taiwan.
The 2016 Taiwan Culinary Exhibition was held at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) on August 5-8, 2016. This year’s theme of the exhibition was to “eat locally, and savor seasonally,” and had a total of around 155,000 people attend, which included many international visitors.
Featuring a total of six sections, 820 booths, and 19 pavilions, it was the biggest-ever culinary exhibition in Taiwan, which was elaborately organized into six major themes — Culinary Arts, Culinary Ingredients, Culinary Utensils, Culinary Journeys, Culinary Souvenirs, and Culinary Education.
To warm up the atmosphere, kindergarten-aged children performed a drumming and dance routine.
This annual culinary adventure gives the public a chance to get up-close with famous chefs, taste different kinds of delicious foods, and take advantage of special offers. It is also an important opportunity for Taiwan’s culinary circles to have a platform to exchange experiences and learn from each other.
At the culinary expo, 48 head chefs from top hotels and restaurants were invited to introduce seasonal set meals (for spring, summer, autumn, and winter) that reflect the low-carbon, healthy trends of “eat locally, eat seasonably” and “you are what you eat” in international gastronomy.
With the number of Chinese visitors plummeting recently, many hotels and restaurants also offered huge discounts at the event as well.
In the Culinary Arts Area, there were 23 different lectures on the topics of “World of Female Chefs,” “Master Chef Lectures,” “Talking about Beef Noodles,” “The Flavors of Health Foods Revolution,” “Teaching How to Cook,” and “Yangzhou Fried Rice on the Two Sides of the Taiwan Straits.”
An International Culinary Arts Invitational Competition was also held at the Culinary Exhibition, and was participated in by eight teams from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. The total prizes for this competition amounted to US$14,000, and the champion is honored with the Premium Gold Trophy Award.
With the increasingly frequent exposure of Taiwanese cuisine in the international media, Taiwan’s refined specialty food has been loved by more and more gourmet-goers at home and abroad.