Accra, Sept. 18, GNA – The Ghana Tourism
Authority (GTA), is partnering the Chefs Association of Ghana to organize the
maiden edition of the West Africa Food Festival (WAFFEST) in Ghana.
The festival is slated for September 19 and 20
at the Accra Tourist Information Centre (ATIC).
Other partners for the event include the Ghana
Tourism Federation (GHATOF) and the Tourism Society of Ghana (TOSOGHA).
In a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency
in Accra on Tuesday the authority said the food festival seeks to promote the
traditional food segment of tourism among chefs and traditional caterers in
It said the festival was also to strategically
project local Ghanaian dishes and the ingredients available, whilst projecting
other sectors within the tourism value chain.
In addition, the festival seeks to position
West Africa as a primary culinary destination for tourists.
Activities drawn up for the event include
Professional Chefs Cooking Competition, Inter-school Cooking Competition and
Participating countries include; Ghana, Benin,
Liberia, Togo, Nigeria, the Gambia, South Africa and Lesotho.
According to the release, the Chief Executive
Officer of GTA, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, would be the Special Guest, and Chef Shaun
Smith, the Principal of Fusion Cooking School in South Africa would be the
This year’s WAFFEST will end with the Chefs
Associations across West Africa coming up with a working document to end food
wastage and contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by