GTBank Thrills With Third Edition of Food & Drink Fair
Nigeria’s biggest annual food exhibition and showcase organised by one of the country’s biggest financial institutions, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) may have come and gone, but the rippling effects of the 2018 edition of the fair will remain for a longer time.
Organised in its bid to continually promote the Nigerian culinary space and as parts of its Corporate Social Responsibilities, the GTBank Food and Drink fair brought together food stakeholders, enthusiast, professionals and consumers with the with the aim to open the Nigerian ‘food market’ to huge and diverse consumers while also promoting enterprises in the most appealing way.
The three day event which held for two days in the previous editions, began on Sunday, April 29 and ran through to Tuesday, May 1. It was a potpourri of activities ranging from the in-house radio station to the busy pop-up stores; the Masterclasses; the farmer’s market; outdoor grills; the GTBank Experience Centre and the children play area among others.
Locally and internationally renowned chefs were on hand to engage participants in different masterclasses to improve their culinary skills. Among them is Chef Imoteda, co-owner of Eko Street Eat and host of two popular TV shows, Urban Kitchen and Heels in the Kitchen. He tutored people on the art of plating with Chef Imoteda, while British Chef, bestselling author and TV personality, Lorraine Pascale, shared her mastery of baking with participants.
Other chefs at the 2018 edition of the fair includes, Sunny Anderson and Chef Muse, Muneera Tahir, who taught young participants on the Masterclass themed, ‘So You Think You can Cook’. The special two sessions aimed at grooming the chefs of the future. Chef Siba, the Food Network star and award winning chef, Sibahle Mtongana, were also on ground to facilitate a masterclass on how to succeed as an African chef on the global stage. Happy Hour with Tony was taken by the multiple award winning mixologist, Tony Conigliaro, who shared professional tips on how to become a master in mixology.
A Nigerian Internationally acclaimed Chef Patron of La Petite Maison, London Mayfair, Raphael Duntoye, has expanded the award-winning restaurant to 5 other major metropolitan cities across the world; he spoke on The Making of a Chef. Other chefs that facilitated the masterclasses include Elizabeth Solaru, Chef Benedict Okuzu of the Chef Benedict Culinary Experience and Chef Scott Wintson, who provided support and advice for small food businesses.
GTBank’s annual Food & Drink Fair is an annual exhibition and sales event that aims to project the diverse angles of the food industry by connecting various businesses involved in the production and sale of food related items to a cosmopolitan audience of food enthusiasts.
There was a wide variety of food exhibitors showcasing and selling food products ranging from fresh organic groceries to dry foods, confectionary and pastries, ready to eat consumables, top quality crockery and wine & champagnes.
The exhibition hosted more than 70 food exhibitors with over 133 vendors and 12 seasoned chefs, guests could choose from a wide variety of foods, drinks and personal propensities while browsing around the square across 2,400m2 of exhibition space within the Food & Drink Centre at Plot 1, Water Corporation drive, Oniru, Victoria-Island, Lagos.