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Taiwan Gourmet Month opens today

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan Gourmet Month, which starts today, is part of an effort to promote Taiwanese cuisine to the international community, a government official said yesterday.

The event is scheduled for this month because an average of 30,000 international visitors annually visit in June to attend expos, Walter Yeh (葉明水), executive vice president of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 貿協), told a press conference in Taipei.

For example, the 32nd Computex Taipei is expected to attract 36,000 visitors between Monday and June 9, Yeh said.

For smartphone users, visitors and locals will be able find links to information about the nation’s cuisine and also locate restaurants in Taipei by downloading the Taiwan Gourmet Month app, Yeh said.

Yeh noted CNN Go chose Taipei as one of Asia’s 10 greatest street food cities in March and even introduced some popular Taiwanese snacks, including stinky tofu and pan-fried dumplings.

Besides producing popular snacks, Taiwan has the potential to become an even greater exporter of gourmet cuisine.

This would be following the global success of companies like Din Tai Fung Dumpling House (鼎泰豐) and the steakhouse chain Wang Steak (王品), Yeh said.

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