The 3th edition of World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism has returned to San Sebastian, North Spain. Organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary Centre, the forum was conducted from May 7 to 9.
Indonesia, represented by the Tourism Ministry’s Culinary and Shopping Tourism Acceleration Team head, Vita Datau Messakh, was among the participants at the event, where she discussed the ministry’s target to increase the number of foreign tourists to the archipelago from 9.3 million in 2014 to 20 million in 2019.
Regarding the country’s food scene, Vita shared that the many varieties of Indonesian cuisine can be attributed to the 1,340 ethnic groups in Indonesia and its natural resources that have resulted in more than 5,000 traditional recipes.
Moreover, after several discussions with culinary experts, Vita said that Indonesian gastronomy basically offered a triangle concept that focuses on three elements: food, culture and history.
Between food and history, there are spices that connect the two. History and culture are connected by storytelling. And ritual or ceremony connects culture with food.