By Vivian Onyebukwa
Guaranty Trust Bank has reinforced its commitment to support small and medium scale industries in Nigeria.
Mr. Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the food and drink fair organised by GTBank.
He said: “In addition to showcasing the wide array of Nigeria’s culinary community as well as the richness of Africa’s cuisine, this fair reinforces our commitment to support small businesses and promoting their rich heritage”.
The food and drink fair, scheduled for 1st and 2nd of May, 2016, will provide a platform for SMEs in the Nigerian food industry to promote their businesses by showcasing a wide variety of their products ranging from fresh organic groceries to dry foods, confectionary and pastries, ready to eat consumables, top quality crockery and wine and champagnes.
The fair will also feature a series of cooking master classes covering the latest culinary trends, and a diverse range of restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes, outdoor grills and thrilling entertainment.
Scheduled for 1st and 2nd of May, 2016, at Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos, the 2 day event is designed to showcase Nigeria’s emerging food industry as well as offer a wide variety of cuisines, such that attendees will be able to taste their way around the world.
The GTBank food and drink weekend will be headlined by two critically acclaimed international chefs; Marcus Samuelson and Raphael Duntoye.
The cooking master classes will be headlined by an international chefs and accompanied by Tiyan Alile, who is the President of the Culinary Arts Practitioners Association in Nigeria and the founder of the Culinary Academy. Several other top rated chefs who will also host master classes include; Gbubemi Fregene, Ozoz Sukoh, Alex Oke, Atim Ukoh, Iquo Ukoh, Michael Elegbede and Uzo Orimalade. The chefs will demonstrate before a live audience how to apply modern twist to classic Nigerian cuisine as well as prepare some of the most amazing international cuisine. Attendees of the cooking classes will also be treated to savoury food and wine testing as well as enthralling celebrity chef face-offs including one by popular mother and daughter chefs, Iquo and Atim Ukoh. There will also be a dedicated play area for children and chef Uzo Orimalade will host the “I Can Bake” master class series for the children.
“We are incredibly excited to showcase the diverse culinary mosaic that Nigeria uniquely offers to the world as a prime destination for food enthusiasts from around the world”, the Managing Director said.