First Gastronomic Festival by Fundazucar and the Ministry of Economy
The Guatemalan Sugar Industry through the Sugar Foundation -Fundazucar- in alliance with the Ministry of Economy -Mineco- and the local government of Champerico, Retalhuleu held the first gastronomic festival called “Champerico Fest” to promote the new dishes created from the Diploma in Gastronomic Diversification and Seafood Cuisine.
In the same way, the artisanal fishermen, who participated in the training “Good fishing practices” given by Mineco, presented fresh product to publicize the quality of their products and the ability to supply potential customers.
In the event participated 300 people, including diners, chefs, cooks, and organizations such as: Z Gas, the Guatemalan Civil Association for Integral Development -Asdesarrollo-, National Mortgage Credit Bank -CHN-, National Port Company of Champerico, Guatemagica, Naval School of Guatemala, Intecap and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food -MAGA-.
Economic Development Strategy
In 2021, the Economic Development Strategy for Fishing and Gastronomic Tourism on the South of Guatemala was launched, which is carried out in partnership between Fundazucar, Mineco, the Ministry of National Defense -Mindef-, MAGA and municipalities on the Pacific Coast.
The gastronomic festival is one more action of this strategy that seeks to recover and generate new sources of income for fishermen and workers in the tourism sector of the municipalities of the beach area of the South of Guatemala, as well to generate sources of employment.
Fundazucar, in alliance with Intecap, provides scholarships for chefs and cooks from local restaurants and hotels to strengthen their culinary skills. As well as training for hotel and restaurant owners and managers on “Excellence in Customer Service” and “Difficult internal and external customers” given by Mineco.