October 17, 2021


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Nigeria to host food culture event in Abuja

Nigeria will on Friday in Abuja host the fifth United Nations Global Observance of Sustainable Gastronomy Day (World Gastronomy Day) organised by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR).

Spokesman of the institute, Ahmed Mohammed Sule, said on Tuesday in Abuja that the event with the theme: “Nations, Foods, Cultures and Partnerships for Sustainable Developments” is being hosted in collaboration with the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China and the Centre for Arts and Culture, FCT Abuja.

He said the event, which is the fifth, is being hosted by Nigeria for the first time.

Gastronomy is the study of food and culture, with particular focus on cooking techniques, nutritional facts, food science, and palatability plus applications of taste and smell as human ingestion of foodstuffs goes.

“It was on December 21 2016, that the United Nations General Assembly, adopted Resolution 71/246 which declared 18th June of every year to be observed as a Sustainable Gastronomy Day.”

“The first observance of ‘Sustainable Gastronomy Day’ was on Sunday, 18 June 2017. Which makes this year’s observance the fifth globally, and the first in Nigeria, championed by NIHOTOUR,” Sule said.

He said that Nigeria is the most competitive Gastronomy tourist destination in Africa because of “Our corresponding unique foods culture and enticing cuisines of international repute, such as the popular Nigerian Jollof.”