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Meghalaya Hosts North East’s First Food Festival

Written by The Optimist

Walk-in for North East India’s first food festival in Meghalaya which promises to bring together all stakeholders in the food industry.  The first edition of North East Food Show by Meghalaya and Salon International de l’Agrolimentaire (SIAL) Group looks to provide the right organisation, platform and network to farmers and entrepreneurs.  The food festival spread over 3 days was inaugurated on Wednesday by Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma Agriculture Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh.

 

 

The Thought Behind The Food Festival

Conrad K Sangma said, “North East has great potential as farmers and entrepreneurs are doing so well. However there is a missing link somewhere which is why it was important to have such a food festival in North East on a common platform.” The objective of the food festival is to give exposure, connection and opportunities to farmers and entrepreneurs of the North East.

 

 

The Meghalaya Government intends to take the food festival forward every year and make it an annual event to go beyond the North East and benefit the entire South-East Asian region. “We are hopeful and targeting that this will be the biggest food festival in the South East Asian region,” said the Meghalaya Chief Minister.

 

Culmination of Collaborative Initiatives

The initiative is a collaboration between the State Government of Meghalaya and Inter Ads Exhibitions Pvt Ltd, the sole licensee of SIAL in India. SIAL is the world’s largest food innovation network with over 50 years of global food innovation experience. The North East Food Show 2019 is a platform of North East India, focussed on creating a global platform to inspire food business for this part of the country. The North East Food Show is also the curtain-raiser to charting a new course through food processing and supply chain management for the region.

 

 

A series of conferences, workshop and demonstrations will be held. All this will culminate in the North East Chief Ministers’ Conclave on the last day for deliberations. Key decision and policymakers from the Union and State governments along with key representatives from the industry will be present.

 

 

The Meghalaya Chief Minister also virtually launched the Meg Tea Factory, Upper Shillong website initiated by the Directorate of Food Processing. The Meghalaya plastic-free challenge bags was also launched on the occasion.

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