India to focus more on gastronomic tourism, ET TravelWorld

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, is currently hosting the SCO Millets Food Festival at the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai to commemorate the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). The seven-day festival is a step forward towards promoting India‘s potential as a must-visit destination and sustainable development, the MoT officials emphasised.

According to Manisha Saxena, Director General of Tourism, Govt. of India, hosting such international food festivals with locally produced ingredients showcases India’s diverse gastronomic delights and reinforces the country’s reputation as a must-visit destination for global citizens.

Speaking exclusively to ETTravelWorld on the sidelines of the ongoing Food Festival, Saxena said that millets, which are an integral part of G20 meetings, are highly nutritious and climate-resilient, making them ideal ingredients for cuisines worldwide.

This food festival celebrates the unique dishes created by well-known chefs from the SCO countries using millets and presents an incredible opportunity to showcase India’s delectable gastronomic culture to the world, she asserted.

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The festival is also a smart move towards achieving sustainability, said Union Minister of State for Tourism Shripad Naik. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, he remarked that promoting millet consumption can help achieve at least six UN-mandated sustainable development goals.Naik also congratulated Kazakhstan for the next SCO Presidency and assured that India would continue its efforts to make tourism a successful sector in the SCO region.

Furthermore, the officials stressed the importance of millets playing a significant role in the G-20 meetings where the delegates will have the opportunity to experience the authentic taste of millets, giving them a genuine understanding of the importance of millets in Indian cuisine and culture.

India proposed to the United Nations for declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets (IYOM), which was supported by 72 countries, and the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets in March 2021. In line with this, the Government of India had decided to celebrate IYOM 2023 as a people’s movement to promote Indian millets, recipes, and value-added products on a global level.

Organised to accomplish this vision, the SCO Millets Food Festival of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is being hosted up till April 19 at Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. The public can savour a variety of millet cuisines prepared by chefs from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan, Russia and India for lunch and dinner at Shamiana Restaurant at the hotel.

The SCO is an intergovernmental organization comprising eight member states – China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, four Observer States and 14 Dialogue Partners.

As India hosts the Presidency of the SCO for 2023, the Millet Food Festival marks the fourth and final event organised by the Ministry of Tourism to commemorate the occasion.

Before this, the Ministry hosted an SCO Tourism Mart from February 9 to 11, an SCO Expert Level Tourism Working Group Meeting, and an SCO Tourism Ministers’ Meeting in Kashi, Varanasi from March 13 to 18.

  • Published On Apr 16, 2023 at 02:47 PM IST

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