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Gastronomic diplomacy

By Roy Lie Atjam

The Tunisian Embassy in The Hague have jointly organized a gastronomical event in partnership with the Tunisian National Tourist Office (ONTT) and Diplomat Magazine. It is the 2023 edition of the ‘’Tunisian Gastronomic Days’’.

This annual event promotes Tunisia as a tourist and cultural destination and introduces Tunisian gastronomy and music. The Tunisian Gastronomic Days took guests on a journey to savour the rich culinary art of Tunisia.

The Event was on 12 and 13 May 2023 at Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam. May 12th was by invitation only.

Mrs. Insaf Ghanemi, spouse of the Moroccan Ambassador, Mrs. Amel Ghariani and husband the ambassador of Tunisia Slim Ghariani and the Ambassador of Morocco H.E. Mr. Mohamed Basri during Tunisian Gastronomic Days in Amsterdam.

Speaking at the occasion H.E. Mr. Slim Ghariani, Ambassador of Tunisia expressed his delight in organizing “The Tunisian Gastronomic Days” for the second consecutive year in Amsterdam. The Ambassador bid all guests a warm welcome.

He thanked the Tunisian National Tourism Office Representation in The Netherlands, Diplomat Magazine, and the Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam for jointly organizing the evening.

Ambassador Slim Ghariani  went on to express thanks to the stakeholders, the three famous Chefs who prepared the Tunisian dishes for this event and La Troupe féminin TARAB, under the acumen direction of Lamia Ktata.

H.E. Ms. Elizabeth Ward Neiman, Ambassador of Panama winner of a Tunisian original painting.
The Ambassador of Rwanda with his Tunisian painting, in the picture with his wife together with Ambassador Ghariani and spouse.

The gastronomic spectacle was attended by Dutch officials, Heads of Diplomatic Missions: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, France (Cons), Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, OPCW (Rep), Panama, Rwanda, UAE. business community, Tour Operators, bloggers, media and other invitees. Also present was Dutch TV. personality Ms Kysia Hekster 

The internationally acclaimed Tunisian Chefs Wafik Belaid, Haykel Ben Zayda, and Mohamed Ali Ben Abouda introduced a specially conceived four-course gourmet menu paired with a selection of Tunisian wines.

These three Chefs are members of the Tunisian Association of Culinary Arts Professionals. They have participated in several international culinary competitions. They also run famous cooking TV shows in Tunisia.

Master chef Wafik Belaid, Tunisian Gastronomic Days.

The Appetizing Menu: 

  • Cold starters, assorted Tunisian salads
  • Main course 1, couscous Borzguene with lambs meat
  • Main course 2, sea bream fillet in kerkennaise sauce
  • Desert, assida zgougou, Tunisian green tea.

The musical animation was by the orchestra “TARAB”.  They performed classic pieces from the Tunisian heritage. The group is well known for its traditional and contemporary music and performed several times in Europe.

A Tombola with many prizes including the grand prize of a roundtrip Brussels-Tunis, paintings and Tunisian ornaments.

In a walkabout, the Ambassador and his spouse friendly chatted with the guests.

Indeed, a fabulous Tunisia promotional evening, showcasing the real Tunisia.

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