The 2015 Taipei International Food Show (Food Taipei) opened its second day of extravaganza Thursday in an event packed with visitors, buyers and gourmet lovers as they sample out delicacies provided by exhibitors both local and international.
Organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the exhibition gathers the best food companies from Taiwan and abroad in a four-day show held in conjunction with FoodTech & PharmaTech Taipei, Taipei Pack, Taiwan Horeca, and Halal Taiwan.
National pavilions from all corners of the globe, including the United States, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Spain, Thailand, New Zealand, Belgium, Central America, Brazil, Peru, and Argentina are taking the four-day opportunity to showcase their rich gastronomy while offering a piece of their culture to visitors.
Among the many highlights, the Central American Pavilion is bringing together the continent’s best range of coffee beans, seafood and organic agricultural produce. As a newcomer to the annual event, the Dominican Republic is offering a taste of its homegrown coffee whose unique aroma is in a league of its own.
“This year the barista champion of El Salvador, Julio Cesar Ruiz, will also join the show to introduce coffee brand S&P,” said Lucas Yeh, assistant director of the Central America Trade Office.
Currently the largest foreign pavilion at Food Taipei, the USA Pavilion encompasses 74 booths attended by more than 20 exhibitors. To meet Taiwan’s growing demands for natural and long-shelf life foods, the USA Pavilion features fresh potatoes, barley flake, ginseng, and other dairy products.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is also bringing prime beef produced from young, well-fed beef cattle to gourmet lovers in Taiwan. Samples of tasty beef noodles, burgers and stewed beef are all readily available at their show booth.
Last but not least, as a result of the recent food safety issues, the government has launched a food safety week themed “Five Stars in Quality Food” at Food Taipei. It has been set up by the Executive Yuan’s Office of Food Safety along with other departmental agencies, including the Taiwan Food Quality Association, who also has an ongoing TQF Pavilion (Taiwan Quality Food) at the show.
“The food safety bureau will unveil series of food related systems at the show for the public and companies to better understand government measures,” said Kang Jaw-jou, director-general of Office of Food Safety, Executive Yuan.