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The first ever International Cities of Gastronomy Fest has kicked off

A wide array of culinary adventures is currently on offer at Fisherman’s Wharf, with more than 100 food stalls and dozens of cooking demonstrations
  • The fest is on until 23 June, with organisers hoping that the event will reinforce Macao’s ‘calling card’ as an international tourist destination

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The 10-day International Cities of Gastronomy Fest was officially unveiled on Saturday, at Fisherman’s Wharf. It includes representatives from almost 30 UNESCO-recognised foodie hotspots around the world.

The first event of its kind organised by the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO), it aims to attract around 100,000 people over the coming days. If successful, it could become an annual fixture held every June, the MGTO said.

This inaugural iteration – on from 14 to 23 June – boasts more than 100 food stalls from Asia alone, arrayed along an “International Gastronomy Promenade,” along with 60 culinary demonstrations from well-known chefs.

[See more: Where Macao’s chefs eat: If anyone knows the best places in town, they do]

On 17 June, food and beverage professionals from around the world are scheduled to gather for the fourth International Gastronomy Forum – an “in-depth discussion on the collaborative development in the field of gastronomy across different sectors,” according to MGTO. Inaugurated in 2016, the forum last took place in 2019.

Organisers say they hope the fest will reinforce “Macao’s golden calling card” through enriching its offerings as a tourism and leisure destination. Apart from the food stall, the fest also features a waterfront bar area, live performances and games. Free shuttle buses are available from various points in the city, including the Border Gate and each integrated resort, between 3.30 pm and 10.30 pm. 

Macao was declared a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO in 2017.

Macao News is an official media partner of the 2024 International Cities of Gastronomy Fest.

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