Beirut proved once again that it is a capital of taste by playing host to two fantastic food events. Beirut Cooking Festival and Salon du Chocolat Beirut, held concurrently from 8-10 November at Seaside Arena, brought the tastiest flavors to the city while celebrating the magic of carnival, the 2018 theme.

The events welcomed more than 15,000 visitors, 160 exhibitors and over 60 chefs and experts, who shared their know-how at more than 100 workshops and demonstrations.

Marking their eighth and fifth editions respectively, Beirut Cooking Festival and Salon du Chocolat Beirut kicked off with the famous chocolate Fashion Show, which showcased 13 dresses created by Lebanese designers and renowned pastry chefs. The Fashion Show’s special guest was designer Karoline Lang who collaborated with the Lebanese pastry chef and master consultant Charles Azar.

Other highlights at Salon du Chocolat Beirut included workshops with the leading pastry chefs at the Choco Demo, a space for children to decorate and taste sweet items, a Chocolate Sculpture competition with students from Alba, Cake Design and Buche Design Competitions and a 250-kg chocolate angel sculpture.

At the Beirut Cooking Festival, the Chefs’ Theater brought together a number of celebrity chefs who prepared inspiring dishes in front of an enthusiastic audience, while the Masterclasses section hosted small group tutorials with chefs, lifestyle experts, bloggers and wine connoisseurs. The Librairie Gourmande also invited visitors to browse a vast selection of cookbooks and attend book signings.

"We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this year’s festival; especially given the market challenges. Food brings people together and this could not be truer of the Lebanese,” said Joumana Damous-Salame, managing director of Hospitality Services, the organizer. “We are thrilled to have added flavor to the festive season in Beirut.”