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What to look out for at World Gourmet Summit 2019

Asia's premier haute cuisine festival is back for its 23rd year running - featuring culinary celebrities, masterclasses and more.

If you’re a foodie, the annual World Gourmet Summit (WGS) is an event you have to get on. Back for their 23rd year, the organisers, who tout the event as “Asia’s premier haute cuisine festival”, promise a month-and-a-half long extravaganza of epicurean delights, not to mention a celebration of cuisines and talents from around the world. Happening around Singapore at various locations from April 1 to May 12, here’s what you can expect from this year’s festivities.

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    1. Sustainability is this year's theme

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    Under the expansive theme of “Sustainability in the Gastronomy World”, this year’s edition of the WGS places focus on issues surrounding the creation of a sustainable future for food.

    Founder of the festival Peter Knipp, shared in a press release that “the movement for sustainability has witnessed growing efforts, from water conservation and greater adoption of recycled and recyclable products, to minimising consumption of single-use plastics in our daily lives. The culinary world is no exception and this calls for action”.

    Not just talk, WGS is bringing to bear these concepts by starting a three-year-long sustainability initiative that is aimed at encouraging the food industry to examine their practices and adopt greener alternatives.

    One such method is their partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC is a non-profit organisation that sets standards for sustainable fishing and ensures that its partners abide by them to safeguard the continued longevity of marine life in our water bodies. Partnering food and beverage establishments in this year’s WGS are encouraged to procure their seafood from MSC.

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