International Hospitality Trade Fair in Maldives - FHAM 2023 Global Culinary Challenge and Exhibition Officially Opens

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PUBLISHED May 09, 2023 | updated May 09, 2023 04:50

Food and Hospitality Asia Maldives (FHAM) Global Culinary Challenge and Exhibition officially opens, taking place from May 8th to 10th at Hulhumale Central Park. This highly anticipated event, organized by Dhivehi Expo Services in conjunction with CDC Events and Travel of Sri Lanka, is sponsored by Lily International, and is set to be the largest gathering of industry professionals in the Maldives this year.

Esteemed guests, including Dr Ahmed Salih, the Minister of State for Tourism, and High Commissioners from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Japan, Amir Mansoor, Managing Director of Lily International, senior officials from Dhivehi Expo and CDC events were present at the opening ceremony.

Speaking after the opening, State Minister for Tourism Dr. Ahmed Salih highlighted the importance of events such as FHAM. He praised the organizers for their efforts in bringing together top local and regional names for the event under one roof and providing a platform for them to network, showcase their products / services and create new business connections.

Amir Mansoor, the Managing Director of Lily International, the principal sponsor of the event, expressed his pleasure in sponsoring the event since its inception. He stated that this event is the premier platform for F&B and tourism professionals from around the world. In this regard, he mentioned that Lily International is showcasing major brands at their stand in the event, demonstrating their commitment to the industry.

Event Director Dhivehi Expo, Mohamed Bassam Adam states that this year there was an overwhelming support by exhibitors. He expressed hope for a lucrative gathering and successful event for all participants and cited aspirations for even a bigger event with more participants for both the exhibition and culinary challenge next year.

This year's exhibition is bigger and better than ever before, with over 110 stalls representing more than 50 companies from local, regional, and international markets. The exhibition showcases a wide range of products and services offered by international and local companies to the tourism industry of the Maldives, including food and beverage, kitchen equipment and systems, amenities, cutlery and crockery, furniture, and much more.

The main highlight of FHAM is the International Culinary Challenge, which attracts over 500 chefs from almost all resorts and hotels in the Maldives. The event is endorsed and certified by the World Association of Chefs and Society (WACS) and is organized in partnership with Chef Guilds of Maldives (CGM) and Chef Guilds of Lanka (CGL). This year's competition features over 600 participants, 11 national teams, and over 120 resorts competing in 21 categories. The FHAM International Culinary Challenge provides an excellent opportunity for chefs to showcase their skills and creativity while competing for prestigious awards. The competition is judged by a panel of renowned chefs from around the world, ensuring that only the best of the best are awarded the top prizes.

FHAM is a fantastic event that brings together the very best of the hospitality industry in the Maldives. It provides an excellent platform for companies to showcase their products and services and for chefs to showcase their culinary skills. With the support of the government and industry leaders, FHAM promises to continue to grow and evolve, cementing its position as the leading hospitality event in the Maldives.


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