Born out of the passion and love for people within the hospitality and tourism industry, HAAPI festival in its fourth year was initiated by Founder and President of African Chefs United (ACU), Chef Citrum Khumalo and his team.
ACU’s mission is to unite Africa, create and improve on culinary, hospitality and arts skills. The festival is also a platform to address issues of xenophobia, as the festival brings people from across the African continent, diaspora and the world at large.
HAAPI 2017 will engage participants in discussions that centre on food security, social cohesion, entrepreneurship, networking and the spirit of Ubuntu across the continent. It will create festivity for participants through activities such as culinary competitions, culinary workshops, hospitality related activities such as table setting, showcasing local and African beverages, local and African ingredients, arts entertainment and promoting Africa as a brand.
Countries expected to participate include Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Congo, Namibia, Nigeria, Togo, Leso Botswana, Mauritius, Gabon and Australia
The festival which was successfully held in Ghana in 2016 is back in Johannesburg.
Activities will include Students skills challenge which will showcase the industry essential skills, this competition brings the best out of the students whilst they hone their skills at the same time helping them to improve and share their knowledge with other students.
This challenge is a tense, fast, furious and entertaining activity which will in turn inspire students that will be watching. South African culinary schools will partake in the first competition; the winning team will go heads on with schools from Africa that will be present.
The biggest highlight of this festival is the Nelson Mandela African Culinary Challenge endorsed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, this competition will happen on the 31st of August. This is the challenge that sees the crème de la crème of each countries’ Chefs going head on in preparation of their authentic countries’ cuisine presented in a modern, exciting, gourmet way.
The 2nd of September will be the big day with live performance by African artists, food stalls from different countries as well as food cooked by indigenous women and African Women in Culinary from different countries will be tasted and sold, this is a day where everything happens in an open space.
Fires will be lit, smokes created in search of Africa’s best BBQ (nyamachoma/shisanyama) champion which is open to individuals and teams from around the world.