Those who enjoy sampling a wide variety of delicious food can pay a visit to the Taiwan Culinary Exhibition, which opened at the Taipei World Trade Center yesterday.
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said in a speech at the opening ceremony that many of the international tourists at the event were impressed by the wide range of tasty food that Taiwan has to offer.
“Kimchi has become one of South Korea’s main food exports. I hope in the future that more Taiwanese food gains internationally recoginition, not just pearl milk tea,” he said.
After his speech, Ma and other officials dressed up as chefs and prepared a selection of dishes to mark the beginning of the exhibition.
The organizer of the event said that more than 100 sample-tasting sessions would take place during the four-day culinary expo.
Other highlights include a traditional Taiwanese banquet which features 12 dishes inspired by the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. All the banquet tables have been reserved since June.
A number of Taiwanese food companies that have existed for more than 100 years will showcase their products, ranging from traditional Taiwanese pastry to Dantsu noodles.
Eight teams from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau and Japan will participate in culinary competitions, with total prizes worth more than NT$640,000 (US$22,000).
With the aim of encouraging rice consumption, the exhibition will allow visitors to sample rice with ground pork and sushi prepared as fried rice dishes.
For more information, visit the Taiwan Culinary Exhibition’s Web site at www.tcff.com.tw.