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The 29th edition of FHW held in Goa, witnessed great participation from the industry. The three day event featured various competitions like chocolate display, food carvings, mixology and its first ever towel art and flower display along with some interactive discussions on the hospitality sector in Goa By Saloni Bhatia

The second edition of FHW Goa proved to be a successful platform for exhibitors and panels to get some useful insights on the growth of hospitality and F&B sector in Goa. The show was inaugurated by Chef Jugesh Arora, president, South India Culinary Association (SICA); Mohan Deshpande, president, Hospitality Purchase Managers Forum (HPMF); Chef Salil Fadnis, executive chef, Sahara Star, Mumbai & Aamby Valley City; Chef Kasi Viswanathan, executive chef, The Atria Hotel, Bengaluru;  Vaishali P Sinha, director housekeeper, Meluha The Fern, Mumbai and president, Indian Professional Houskeepers Association (IPHA) along with chefs from nine leading hotel brands in Goa like  Goa Marriott, The Leela Goa, Alila Diwa, Cidade de Goa, Novotel Goa, The Zuri Whitestands Goa Resort & Casino, Hard Rock Hotel Goa, Resort Rio and Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Goa. The three-day exhibition was held at Dr S P Mukherjee Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.

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The chefs also launched the coffee table book titled ‘Goa’s Seafood Secrets’ in which they have shared their signature seafood recipes. Speaking about his first participation at the event, Chef Abhijit Naik, sous chef, The Leela Goa, opined, “This is a great initiative for the Goa hospitality industry and I hope people can make the best of it. The industry is only growing and it could use a platform that caters to its needs in a big way.” Chef Arun Vats, executive chef, Hard Rock Hotel Goa who was part of the launch, remarked, “As part of a new property, it is a platform for us to explore new materials in the market. The competitions would also help us witness the upcoming talent in Goa.” Sharing his thoughts at the inauguration, Chef Arora, added, “The show not only brings together vendors and buyers under one roof, but also hosts various competitions that promote new talent in the field of hospitality. We are thankful to share the platform with FHW and be a part of a bigger potential market.” The exhibition saw many interesting new highlights along with the trade show. The total expo space was more than 5,000 sq m for over 125 exhibitors. The important industry partners at FHW Goa 2016 were the Culinary Forum of Goa (CFG), HPMF and IPHA.

Promoting creative talent

The show also saw its first ever flower art and towel origami as part of the Goa Housekeepers Challenge. In addition, ‘Promising Housekeeper of the Year’ award was also given to the top challenger. Live events included the second edition of Goa Culinary Challenge  in the following categories: chocolate showpiece and chocolate making, wedding cakes, food carvings, salad dressing and mixology. Continuing with the tradition of insightful panel discussions, the second Goa edition saw three power packed panel discussions – Hospitality Think Tank, an interactive session with the GMs on Goa hospitality; Hospitality Knowledge Exchange, a session on the wedding banqueting scene in Goa and The Power of Purchase focusing on vendor relationships with purchase managers. There were live cooking sessions in association with California Walnuts as the chefs created delicacies featuring the product.

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General managers, chefs and purchase managers showed up in big numbers to support the event. Anand Chatterjee, general manager, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort, said, “I thank the FHW team for providing me with the opportunity to be a part of the discussion as I was able to gain some useful insights on the industry. It is a great show put together by the team.”

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Vikas Sharma, general manager, Hard Rock Hotel Goa, was proud of his team representation at the events. He mentioned, “It is a good opportunity for a new hotel like ours to be part of an event of this scale. Bringing vendors and managers on the same platform gives us a good opportunity for interaction.”  The first of its kind, Shack Owner’s Meet was organised on the third day of the exhibition. More than 20 shack owners were present along with Cruz Cardozo, president, Shack  Owners Welfare Society of Goa, to discuss their issues.

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Key exhibitor sign-ups for FHW Goa 2016 included Nestle India, Adani Wilmar, Zanuff Industries, Shushco, King Metal Works, STK Foods, Fortune Houseware, Janta Steel, Springfit Mattress, Polymech International, Intermarket India, Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments, Hoffman Bewirtung India, Sonaki Ceramic, Northern Feather Canada, Ecoteco Foods, Beepee Puretex, Dataman, Stepex and many more.

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FHW is an annual trade show organised by Global Fairs & Media – a joint venture between Hannover Milano Fairs India and The Indian Express.

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