Taste triumph: Macao’s gastronomic diplomacy takes Phuket by storm

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Macao’s delectable journey towards gastronomic greatness hit new heights as the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) graced the inaugural UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy Annual Conference in Phuket. From May 10 to 12, the conference acted as a culinary cauldron, bringing together gastronomic geniuses from across the globe under one roof.

Hosted by Phuket, the conference served up a three-day feast of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and charrette activities, all aimed at advancing the creative cities of gastronomy. Under the watchful eyes of Phuket Governor Sophon Suwannarat, and Thailand’s Deputy Minister of the Interior Chada Thaised, the event was a melting pot of ideas and initiatives.

At the forefront of Macao’s culinary charge was Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, MGTO Director and Macao SAR’s beacon for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). Alongside representatives from 20 other gastronomic powerhouses, Fernandes showcased Macao’s commitment to sustainable culinary development.

Drawing inspiration from fellow member cities, Macao seeks to elevate its status as a City of Gastronomy, aligning with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Not content with mere discussions, participants rolled up their sleeves and planted mangroves in Phuket, cementing their dedication to sustainable gastronomy. Since earning its UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy badge in 2017, Macao has been on a culinary crusade.

Annual gatherings, momentarily halted by the pandemic in 2022, and comprehensive monitoring reports in 2021 demonstrate Macao’s unwavering dedication to its culinary cause.

Looking to the future, MGTO is poised to propel Macao’s gastronomic glory to new heights. Collaborative events with UCCN members and the upcoming Celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macao SAR – International Cities of Gastronomy Fest, Macao, promise a delectable showcase of global culinary cultures.

Since its inception in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network has burgeoned, boasting 56 Cities of Gastronomy globally, reported Travel and Tour World.

Leading the pack, China claims six members, including the gastronomic goliath, Macao. With each culinary conquest, Macao continues to carve its place as a true titan of taste.

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Samantha Rose

Samantha was a successful freelance journalist who worked with international news organisations before joining Thaiger. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from London, her global perspective on news and current affairs is influenced by her days in the UK, Singapore, and across Thailand. She now covers general stories related to Thailand.

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