Organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with Isles government and other players, the one-week event is scheduled for October 11th and 19th this year in Zanzibar.
The chairman of the festival organising committee, Yasser Yussuf Badrudin said the festival will bring together some of the town’s finest restaurateurs in honour of the World Food Day.
He said this year’s festival is expected to draw more flavors and fusion cuisine of stone town, as traditional and high end establishments mingle with street vendors, and everything in between, reflecting the variety of stone town food offerings.
“We have kick started the planning for this year’s festival and we also anticipate more participants based on last year’s turnout. This has actually led us to having the week long festivals to allow us enough time to celebrate stone town’s diverse gastronomy,” he said.
He said stone town was a truly heartbeat of Zanzibar that has literally drawn people from all corners of the world for centuries creating the tantalizing Swahili cuisine.
Due to the tourism boom in the last decade, Stone Town especially has seen a rise in restaurants and cafes serving worldwide cuisines, adding more international influence to Zanzibar.
The chairman added that this year’s event will also introduce “food tour’ for those who could like to explore the town more and its hidden food gems.
A Cuisine and Marketing, from Emerson Zanzibar, Katia Wellving said the festival will be held across stone town, represented by various participating restaurants and cafes.
She said Zanzibar’s communities will have chance to taste varieties of food prepared from local ingredients where it begins with 33 –day street food’s venue at Forodhani Gardens, already known for its evening street food vendors.
“During the festival, we will be showcasing food prepared by international chefs from local ingredients and sold at affordable prices so that every one can enjoy it,” she said when responding to the reports in Dar es Salaam.
She said the purpose of showcasing food is also to show an alternative way of how to prepare food from local ingredients to prevent them from Non Communicable Diseases (NCD)
According to her, more people tend to use unhealthy food which on the other hand contributes to NCD which are reported to be on the rise in Zanzibar.