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World Week of Italian Cuisine in Kenya (22-28 November 2021)

The Embassy of Italy in Nairobi and the Italian Institute for Culture are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 edition of the World Week of Italian Cuisine (22-28 November 2021), organised under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy, in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency.

This sixth edition will focus on Tradition, Innovation and Sustainability. To qualify as sustainable, food must have a low environmental impact, enhance local characteristics and traditions, without compromising the ability of future generations to enjoy it.

The Week is filled with activities focusing on Italian culture and its famous cuisine as vehicles of exchange and sharing to communicate new experiences, learning opportunities and to explore commonalties between Italy and Kenya. This year’s special guest will be the Italian Celebrity Chef Giacomo Gaspari and who will engage the Italian restaurants in the Country (with special menus for the occasion) and the Italian-Kenyan Content Creator & Storyteller Gaia Dominici @Siankiki.

Commencing on Monday 22nd, the program varies with events that will be held mostly online with limited physical gatherings and in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health. From the premiering of a video on food through the unique prospective of traditional family gatherings, to a co-lecture by University of Embu and University of Turin on “Innovation for the circular economy. Towards a sustainable agriculture”, and an exclusive Master Classes for upcoming chefs in perfecting their art. On the 24th and the 27th of November, two main cooking shows will take place, one in Nairobi and one in Malindi. The event in Nairobi will focus on agricultural sustainability and on the promotion of a sustainable food chain, described by both international and local experts, together with the presentation of six success stories of Italian-Kenyan collaboration.
The live cooking demonstration in Malindi will emphasise the value chain of fish and fishery products and the importance of responsible consumption and production, in order to protect the marine ecosystem and the environment at large.

To find out more about this special Week please follow us on the Embassy’s social media pages @ItalyInKenya or the Italian Institute for Culture’ ones @iicnairobi.