From 27 to 30 October, Exponor serves the latest in vegetable-based food, a growing trend in Portugal, where the number of vegetarians has quadrupled in the past 10 years. Event takes place in parallel with “So Food So Good”, dedicated to the catering, hospitality and tourism sector
A vegetarian and vegan food has been gaining more and more fans in Portugal, which has created opportunities and challenges for the catering and hospitality sector. The specialized spaces have multiplied and the rest increasingly incorporate plant-based options.
Attentive to this trend, Exponor presents the first edition of “So Veggie So Good”, from October 27 to 30, integrated in “So Food So Good”, event aimed at professionals in the bakery, catering, hospitality and tourism sectors. But the public can also taste the news on the first day.
The initiative aims to prove the latest trends in vegetarian and vegan food, including organic products and specialized diets, such as alkaline, celiac or lactose-free products. Like “So Food So Good”, the event will have an exhibition area for products, equipment and services and a strong practical component, with showcookings and tasting actions in which some renowned Chefs, nutritionists and other specialists will share recipes and advice. practical.
According to Oriana Noronha, director of the event, “So Veggie will add to the professionals of the catering and hospitality sector indispensable content on vegetarian and vegan food. In fact, there is a real need for the sector to adapt to new trends and to an increasingly informed and demanding consumer in relation to their food, such as the origin of products, nutritional balance and all related ethical, environmental and health issues. ”.
A growing sector
The latest studies show that vegetarianism has been growing in Portugal. In the last decade, the number of Portuguese vegetarians has quadrupled to 120.000, according to a 2017 Nielsen study.
The study by the American company HappyCow, at the request of the Portuguese Vegetarian Association (AVP), indicates that the number of vegetarian stores and restaurants has increased more than six times in the last ten years, from 28 establishments in 2008 to 172 in 2018. One third emerged between 2016 and 2017. AVP believes that this growth is also related to tourism, since many of the foreign visitors share and seek this lifestyle.
Like the simultaneous event, “So Veggie So Good” is aimed at professionals in the agri-food sector, namely bakery, restaurants, hotels and tourism in general. Doors open to the public on the first day of the event, on the 27th, for € 10,00.
More about “So Veggie So Good” at: http://sofoodsogood.exponor.pt/pt/so_veggie/