You might be a talkative person, good at small talk and a foodie just like us. Or you might be a food lover but you’re not that great at this small talk thing. Well guess what? Either way, you’re most likely going to meet a bunch of people and if you’re feeling a little stuck on what to talk about, the Yummy team is here to save you. Perhaps bookmark this article because we’re highlighting the biggest food moments of 2019.
Kenyan food and beverage brands made the country proud this year. Safari Lounge recently was awarded the Tea and Coffee Product of The Year at this year’s Foodex Awards held at Sarit Centre. Movenpick Hotel and Residences changed the hospitality game by achieving the premium certificate award by SafeHotels. This is a new level safety and security initiative for the hotel. In terms of premium luxury, Sankara Nairobi Autograph Collection received global recognition. The boutique hotel was named the 2019 World Luxury Boutique Hotel in the African continent by the Luxury Hotel Awards.
The buzzword of the year has been gin and thus, it’s no surprise that Procera Juniper Gin won the Michelangelo International Wines and Spirits Award in Cape Town, South Africa beating 122 other entries. Mercado Kitchen and Bar, known for their mouth-watering Mexican dishes, got not one but three awards at the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant and Spa Awards. Bateleur Brewery and Java House were also brands that received international recognition this year. To Kenyan brands doing the most!
Among the biggest food moments of 2019, were the food shows that premiered. The Great Kenyan Bakeoff, a localized version of the BBC’s Great British Bakeoff, premiered this October on KTN. Amateur bakers got the chance to compete in this intense contest while showing off their skills. Rosie was eventually crowned the winner! Yummy Magazine was also not left behind as we launched the Yummy Kitchen this year. We had foodie and media personality Miss Mandi starting it off with her Kenyan Christmas Throwdown recipes.
We can’t even exhaust this list so we picked the best ones with a huge turn out! EatOut kicked off 2019 with the Nairobi Restaurant Week, then tantalized those with a sweet tooth with the Nairobi Dessert Week. Wine lovers were in for a treat with the Nairobi Wine Week & Festival in partnership with Baraka Events that saw Nairobians come out in numbers to enjoy fantastic wines. Lip-smacking burgers were then all the rage as Burger Week kicked in. Marking World Food Day, EatOut partnered with Hivos for the Hivos World Food Day week that culminated in the World Food Fair held at The Arbor. The Nairobi Beer Festival was also a huge highlight as attendees got to sample lots of beer.
Pizza Week got everyone excited as restaurants in Mombasa and Naivasha got to participate. With over three thousand attendees and wonderful surprises, the Naiobi Cocktail Festival, organized by EatOut and Baraka Events, was one of the year’s most successful events.
Chef Maliha from Mombasa made history and this was one of the biggest food moments of 2019. She is the first African female chef to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking competition in the individual category. Another Kenyan who did wonders was mixologist Timothy Opiyo, who was the first entrant of the Bacardi Wild Card Legacy competition and will be representing the African/Middle East region at the House of Bacardi in Puerto Rico.
What, according to you, were the biggest food moments of 2019?