By Shelley Shan / Staff Reporter
Food produced in Japanese prefectures that was restricted after the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster is to be displayed at the Taiwan Food Expo, the Taiwan Visitors Association said yesterday.
Taiwan ended an 11-year ban on food products from Japan’s Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba prefectures in February, on condition that importers and manufacturers provide a certificate of origin and a certificate of origin. radiological inspection for their products.
The disaster happened when the plant was hit by a tsunami after the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Tohoku.
During the four-day culinary expo, which opens in Hall 1 of the Taipei World Trade Center on Friday, people can enjoy cantaloupes, sweet potatoes, yams, natto crackers, buckwheat noodles and other products from Ibaraki Prefecture, the association said.
Foods from Hiroshima, Fukushima, Nara, Saga, Ehime, Kagawa and Okinawa prefectures would also be on display or available for purchase, he added.
Organizers said the event would showcase Taiwanese cuisine, which benefits from “diverse food cultures”.
Association president Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) told a press conference that the expo was to be held for the first time this year since it was suspended for two years due to the pandemic. of COVID-19.
“The theme for this year’s Taiwan Culinary Expo refers to the delicious cuisine served at festivals, and it was chosen as we seek to revitalize the tourism industry in the post-pandemic era,” Yeh said. . “Through the culinary exhibition, we hope that [people]… can appreciate Taiwan as a country that serves delicious cuisine and is capable of producing quality food highly rated by the Michelin Guide.
“The most important goal of the exhibition is to show people what Taiwanese cuisine is – a melting pot of various food cultures,” she said.
Nigeria and Indonesia are the only ones participating in the event for the first time, she said.
People can attend food seminars at the expo and watch live cooking shows, the association said.
Photographers would be on hand to demonstrate tips for taking pictures of food, he said.
The expo would have a pavilion showcasing food for Muslims prepared by halal-certified restaurants in Taiwan, said Tourism Bureau general manager Chang Shi-chung (張錫聰).
“There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, a large percentage of whom live in Asia,” Chang said. “Even though the Central Epidemic Command Center has not yet lifted the quarantine requirement to enter Taiwan, the pavilion will show Taiwanese travel agencies how they can make food arrangements when they can once again welcome tourists from foreign countries. predominantly Muslim.
Another pavilion would highlight diets for the elderly as Taiwan is set to become an “ultra-aging” society by 2025, he said.
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