Slow Food Int'l Congress & Chengdu Food and Tourism Festival Open

Authors: Jay Liu; Photographer: Liu Zhao


The 14th Chengdu International Food & Tourism Festival and the 7th Slow Food International Congress opened in the capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province on September 29.
Over 500 guests of Slow Food from 92 countries and regions, as well as 300 delegates from more than 20 provinces/municipalities in China gathered in Chengdu on September 29.
At the opening ceremony, Liu Hongbao, Deputy Mayor of Chengdu, Carlo Petrini, founder and president of the Slow Food and other important guests stroke a drum to announce the opening of the Congress the Festival. This is the first time for an Asian city to host the international congress of Slow Food.
Carlo Petrini, founder and president of the Slow Food, said he hoped the Congress can make a significant contribution to carbon neutralization of the world. Vincent Martin, a representative from FAO in China, stressed the importance of bio-agriculture and expressed his great expectation for the development in bio-agriculture for Chengdu.
At the ceremony, Chengdu was titled the City of Slow Food, becoming the first one in Asia to win the title.
Overseas Chefs Compete with Their Chinese Counterparts
During the Festival, the most wonderful event was a cooking contest between Martin Yan, a very prestigious international chef and Wang Qinrui, the third generation successor of a traditional Sichuan Cuisine restaurant. Wang cooked a cold dish which he is very good at—Sliced Beef and Ox Tripe in Chili Sauce. Martin made another called Salmon with Bean Paste.
The result surprised everyone with a draw. The competition enhanced the communication and exchange of food cultures between the Chinese and overseas cooking experts.

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