TASTING INDIA SYMPOSIUM: DAY THREE

DECEMBER 15 : 11:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M.

VENUE: C.V. Mess Auditorium, Gate No. 3, Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Janpath.

NATIONAL WORKSHOP: Eat Right in India: Road Map to Sustainable Gastronomic Tourism

How can India harness the soft power of its gastronomy to draw a higher number of tourist footfalls, create additional ‘buzz’ around the country’s tourist destinations, and open up new employment opportunities among women, especially those in backward areas.

OPENING SESSION

GUEST OF HONOUR:
Mrs Rita Teaotia, Chairperson, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

SESSION FACILITATOR:
Rupali Mehra, Founder, ContentPeople AB

11:00 TO 11:05 A.M.: Video Message from the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism K.J. Alphons.

11:05 TO 11:10 A.M.: Welcome by Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison, Executive Director, Tasting India Symposium.

11:10 TO 11:25 A.M.: Opening Address:
Mrs Rita Teaotia, Chairperson, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

BREAK: SHORT FILM FROM FSSAI

11:25 TO 11:35 A.M.: Special Address:
Mr Pronab Sarkar, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators.

11:35 TO 11:45 A.M.: The Case for Inclusive Tourism:
Arbind Singh, Founder President, National Association for Street Vendors of India (NASVI)

11:45 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON: Executive Summary of the Citizens’ White Paper on the Future of Gastronomic Tourism in India: Presentation by Sourish Bhattacharyya and Sanjoo Malhotra.

12:00 NOON TO 12:15 P.M.: Keynote Address:
Mr Gyan Bhushan, IES, Economic Adviser, Ministry of Tourism

12:20 TO 1:00 P.M.: PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE CITIZENS’ WHITE PAPER

MODERATOR: Sowmya Rao Vijaymohan, Partner, Rare Destinations and Experiences

PANELISTS: Kamal Kant Pant, Principal, IHM-Pusa; Pronab Sarkar, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO); Rajeev Kohli, Managing Director, Creative Travel; Arun Varma, Owner, Allways Marketing and Travel Services; Maharani Mandakini Kumari of Santrampur; Shraddha Akka Nikam Kolhapur; Cecilia Oldne, Wine Tourism Pioneer and Brand Ambassador, Sweden India Business Council; Ameya Deshpande, Co-Founder, Authenticook.

12:20 TO 12:30 P.M.: Case Study from Coorg by Kaveri Ponnapa, Acclaimed Chronicler of Life in Coorg and Author of The Vanishing Kodavas.

12:30 TO 1:00 P.M.: PANEL DISCUSSION

1:00 TO 2:15 P.M.: LUNCH. Street Food from the Eat Right Mela sponsored by Slurrp Farm.

PARALLEL EVENTS AT EAT RIGHT MELA

12:30 TO 1:00 P.M.: Public release of Radha Bhatia’s Lassis of India: Smoothies with a Twist.

1:15 TO 2:00 P.M.: Cookery Demonstration by Chef Vineet Bhatia.

GASTRONOMIC TOURISM WORKSHOP

2:15 TO 2:55 P.M.: PANEL DISCUSSION:
Safe and Right: Repositioning Indian Street Food in the Global Mindspace

MODERATOR: Romy Gill, Celebrity Chef, Romy’s Kitchen
PANELISTS: Pawan Agarwal, Secretary to the Government of India, and CEO, FSSAI; Arbind Singh, President, National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI); Colleen Taylor Sen, Co-Editor, Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopaedia of Food and Culture; Anubhav Sapra, Founder-CEO, Delhi Food Walks.

3:00 TO 3:30 P.M.: SHORT PRESENTATIONS

3:00 TO 3:10 P.M.: Charmaine O’Brien, Author, Penguin Food Guide to India, on how India can become the next big gastronomic magnet.

3:10 TO 3:20 P.M.: Om Routray and Tanushree Bhowmik on their experience of managing guided culinary tours.

3:20 TO 3:30 P.M.: Justin Horne, Eco-Chef and Sustainability Consultant, on the opportunities that the global interest in vegetarianism presents to India.

3:30 TO 3:40 P.M.: Paul Newnham, Director, SDG2 Advocacy Group, on SDGs 8, 12 and 14 — The Way Forward to Sustainable Tourism.

3:45 TO 4:45 P.M.: KEYNOTE SESSION:

Launch of SWAAD: International Day For Indian Gastronomy

3:45 TO 3:55 P.M.: WELCOME SPEECH: THE PHILOSOPHY OF SWAAD
Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison, Executive Director, Tasting India Symposium.

3:55 TO 4:05 P.M.: INAUGURAL SPEECH:
Ms Namrata S. Kumar, Deputy Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She will also read out the Message of the External Affairs Minister.

4:05 TO 4:45 P.M.: PANEL DISCUSSION:

Global Flavours of Indian Cuisine: Giving the World a SWAAD of India.

MODERATOR: Banashri Bose Harrison
PANELISTS: Vineet Bhatia, Global Restaurateur and First Indian to get a Michelin Star; Romy Gill, Celebrity Chef, Romy’s Kitchen, and Radio/TV Commentator, U.K.; Asma Khan, Founder and Owner of Darjeeling Express, London; Tikarani Shailja Katoch of Lambragaon Kangra; Sujan Sarkar, Exponent of Modern Indian Cuisine and Founder of Rooh (San Francisco) and Baar Baar (New York City); Andreas Viestad, Celebrity Chef, TV Personality and Writer for Dagbladet, Norway’s largest-circulating weekend newspaper; Soren Frank, Food and Drinks Editor, Berlingske, Denmark’s No.1 daily newspaper.

4:45 TO 5:15 P.M.: VALEDICTOY SESSION

— Views of State Government Representatives
— Concluding Remarks by Kamal Kant Pant, Principal, IHM-Pusa