Each year, The Beirut Cooking Festival, organized by Hospitality Services, hosts people from Lebanon and abroad to remind them of the best authentic Lebanese cuisine through displaying a rich variety of foods and their respective areas of origin. Over the span of three days, the Beirut Cooking Festival welcomed daily famous chefs, beverage consultants and lifestyle experts who shared their love and passion for their profession with the larger public. Building on its growing success, this year’s edition of the Festival was marked by the participation of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture of Zahle and the Bekaa which introduced attendees to the many types of cheeses produced in the Bekaa region and imported from Egypt, Tunisia, Greece and Italy.

 

More than 100 stands were on display to showcase the latest crockery, useful accessories, kitchen equipment, foods, beverages, exotic ingredients and especially chocolate.

 

“This celebration is an occasion to remind the public of their Lebanese heritage and its myriad of flavors, expressed through the Lebanese gastronomy,” said Joumana Dammous Salame, Managing Director of Hospitality Services.



The Chefs’ Theater is was set up to teach participants how to create famous foods, with Beirut’s top celebrity chefs cooking live and sharing their gastronomic secrets and recipes .

 

A Lifestyle Theater gave informative sessions with etiquette consultants, florists, foodservice experts advising visitors on how to decorate upcoming holiday tables or fancy house dinners.

 

Finally, the Beverages Theater invited visitors to explore the taste of the world’s best beverages with top mixologists, beverage experts along with wine and olive oil consultants

 

In addition, a Kids Village offered an enchanting play with cooking activities dedicated for kids

 

Food lovers visited the Libraire Gourmande, and flipped through a wide selection of cooking and table art books where Food writers signed their latest books



VISITORS

The Festival was guaranteed to be attractive to not only cooking fans but especially to chocolate lovers! More than 14,000 visitors were set to flock to BIEL for the annual Beirut Cooking Festival. Foodies were invited to a celebration of food, beverages and the art of cooking with three mouth-watering days of delicious food taste in grand shopping.

“This is where you will find me for the next three days,” mentioned Roula one visitor quipped as she tasted stuffed Grape vine leaves at the Maakoul al Hana stand.“I love this festival. Everyone should come taste great Food and chocolate.”


 

EXHIBITORS QUOTES:
Among the exhibitors, Cup& Roll is a small business that started from home. “It’s a delivery and take-away artisanal brand focused on the handmade process,” Wassim Haddad, one of the owners, said “It is mini fresh-baked savory creations with a signature dough recipe and cup fillings ranging from sweet to salty.” “We were able to secure investors after increased demand and we will open in Zalka starting next week,” Haddad added. Cup and Roll’s website went online Thursday and ordering would be available with a delivery service that runs from Dbayeh to Ras Beirut.

 

Maakoul al-Hana founded by middle-age cousins/chefs Lebanese Rola Hashash and Syrian Anwar Shora.

The pair operates a Lebanese-Syrian oriental cuisine from Rola’s home in Raouche, Ras Beirut.

“We are still new, were lyon small orders and delivery at this moment, but we hope to expand business,”Hashash says. Other than a stand full of kibbe hand fresh oriental pastries and finger food, their exhibitions and was stocked with their home made pickles, jams and traditional sweets jars, and constantly packed with hungry passersby.

 

At Miel Du Levant, it’s all about the honey. Co-founder Joe Abi Harb revamped his father’s original 1980’s home honey recipient a full-fledged honey making brand in 2010.“Miel Du Levant isLebanon’s first organic honey certified at percent sucrosein1999. It is harvested in Lebanon at an altitude of zero to 2,500 meters,” Abi Harb explains. Miel Du Levant offers three types of honey: Orange honey available in Spring, and Forest and Thistle honey available all year-round.


 

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