The Food and Wellness Festival, which is taking place from 10 am to 6 pm at the Swami Vivekananda Convention Centre, Pailles, since Friday, has attracted many visitors thanks to its various activities and promotional offers. The event closes this Sunday. Free entry.

Numerous promotions on food products and free screenings generated keen interest among visitors to the Food and Wellness Festival this Saturday, June 8, at the Swami Vivekananda Conference Center (SVICC). As soon as the show opened, organized by Events Plus, in collaboration with Radio Plus and Le Défi Media Group, visitors rushed to discover the products and services offered.
Among them is Coromandel resident Naz Dinally. “My husband and I are used to going to trade shows organized by Events Plus. The Food Festival is of particular interest to us, because it allows us to benefit from free testing and discover many new food products. The exhibitors are very kind and provide us with detailed information about the products,” she explains.

Bernadette Lallman and her husband Cyril, residents of Pointe-aux-Sables, also made the trip to the SVICC. “We are very happy to have all the exhibitors together under one roof. We come for the atmosphere, the promotions and the discovery of new products. As retirees, it’s also a pleasant outing for us,” she explains.

Anjelay Kuppa and her daughter Renuka Abilallah did not miss the free diabetes and hypertension screenings offered by Cap Research. In addition, they did good business. “I encourage this type of event because it allows us to find products at affordable prices as well as discover new ones. We are very happy with our visit to the fair,” says Anjelay Kuppa.

From the Atrium, small and medium-sized businesses offer visitors a wide range of products, from essential oils to Chinese cakes, including health and wellness products. Once inside the main hall, visitors discover a diversity of stands and products on display.

Among the many service providers, Innodis, the main partner of the show, stands out by offering tastings of three of its flagship products: BeWell Kefir yogurts, Prodigal chickens and Free-Range Chicken. In response to public demand, Innodis also offers Chicken Breast Fillet and Prodigal Chicken Lollipops for sale, as well as London Dairy ice creams.

“On the first day, we did not have any sales on site, but at the request of visitors, we put Prodigal and London Dairy products on sale this Saturday and Sunday. BeWell Kefir yogurts are available for tasting. We also allow visitors to discover our brand new product, Free-Range Chicken, which will be available in supermarkets from next week,” says Dimple Seechurn, Marketing Manager at Innodis.

Innodis also takes the opportunity of the show to recruit in various fields. Visit the Innodis stand for more information on available career opportunities.

The Nestlé stand is always full. Promotions displayed on iconic products such as Nescafé, Ricoffy, Milo, Nestum Super, Maggi, KitKat, Milky Bar, among others, attract visitors, to the great delight of Gordon Perrins, Business Development Manager at Nestlé Mauritius.

“Mauritians are well aware of Nestlé's emblematic products such as Nestum and Ricoffy, but we also have other products that we wish to introduce, such as the new products from the Maggi brand, Kit Kat, hot chocolate, frozen Milo, and many more. In addition, we offer attractive promotions on our products,” emphasizes Gordon Perrins.

Inicia is also present to introduce its new Dione ice cream, and to delight visitors with a series of promotions on a variety of products, including Oeudor eggs, Label 60 and Marilyn chickens, Kokiriki vegetarian products, Terracine Foie Gras, McCoy Teas , Plaza Del Sol chips, and 1881 and Arrighi pastas. “Inicia has been in existence for 45 years and we are delighted to be able to interact with our consumers by presenting our products to them. We are known for our eggs and chicken, but we have diversified our offering with other products such as ice cream, tea, Spanish chips, and many more. This is an opportunity for Mauritians to discover our products,” says Thanista Ramsurrun, Retail Sales Manager at Inicia.

RR Rapid Service Ltd, importer and distributor of major international brands, is participating in the show for the first time with a selection of products. Its stall offers a mouthwatering variety, ranging from food items to wellness items, including Chheda Banana Chips, Bikaji Chips, Tata Tea, Tata Quick Chai, Rapid Peanut Butter, Complan, Dabur Aloe Vera Juice , Saffola Honey, Saffola Natural Oats, and many more.

“We are very happy with this first participation. Visitors can taste our products and take advantage of our promotions. They are guided and advised on their purchases. We are even more satisfied to be able to interact with our consumers,” emphasizes Saakshee Ramjutan, director of RR Rapid Service Ltd.

For those who want to know their sugar levels, blood pressure, or check their rubella vaccination status, the Cap Research booth offers free screenings. In addition, health advice and medical interviews are provided free of charge by a doctor.
“We are here to offer free screenings and allow people to check if they are vaccinated against rubella,” explains Rina Dookayka, project manager.

The Quality Beverages Ltd (QBL) stand was not left out. It highlights a diverse range of products suitable for breakfast, including Quaker Oats, Bokomo (Cornflakes and Oats), Tia's Muesli and Al-shifa Honey.

Les Petits Chefs en Herbe: six candidates in the semi-final

The enthusiasm was palpable yesterday at SVICC, as nine participants aged 8 to 13 showcased their culinary talents during the qualifiers for the “Les Petits Chefs en Herbe” culinary competition. Organized by Events Plus, in partnership with Radio Plus, TéléPlus and Le Défi Media Group, this event saw the little chefs divided into two groups of five and four candidates. After a draw, Andrew, Shaan, Teshini, Ryan and Jemima were the first to enter the competition.

Concentration was required during the first test, where the young cordon bleus had to prepare a complete breakfast including cereals, fruit, an omelette and a drink. The theme of this first test: “I make myself a great breakfast”.

They had 45 minutes to do this. On this occasion, the competition partners set up a stand where young people were able to stock up on vegetables, fruits, eggs and other ingredients needed to prepare their dishes. From the top of the clock, after having obtained their ingredients, they took their places at the stove to prepare their omelette, their cereals and their drink.

After 45 minutes, the jury composed of Emmanuelle Coquet, Promotion Director of Bocuse d'Or Mauritius, Renaud Azéma, general director of Vatel Mauritius – Hotel & Tourism Business School, Nizam Peeroo, president of Bocuse d'Or Mauritius, Jerry Bastiaan, Program Director Bocuse d'Or Mauritius, and Selven Munisamy from Proxifresh, tasted the beautiful plates prepared by each participant. The little chefs were judged on their creativity, food balance, taste, work organization, technique and cleanliness.

After the first series, it was the turn of Mia, Aimelyne, Naomi and Léo to settle down. The little ones continued with the choice of ingredients before starting their preparation. After 45 minutes, the little cordon bleus charmed the jury with their plates. After tasting, the jury qualified Shaan, Teshini, Ryan, Jemima, Léo and Naomi for the semi-final.

This Sunday, June 9, the competition continues with the semi-final as well as the final from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., still at the SVICC. For the semi-final, the theme is “I prepare lunch for my family”. Participants will have to use pasta as well as salad, sauces, herbs and other ingredients, all in 45 minutes. After this second round, the two selected finalists will continue with the final, where the theme will be “I’m preparing dinner for mom and dad.” The big winner will be awarded magnificent gifts.

The competition is sponsored by Innodis, Nestlé, Inicia, Freelance Distributors, Quality Beverages Ltd, Panzani, Fiou-Ki, Bocuse d'Or, Vatel Mauritius – Hotel & Tourism Business School, Proxifresh, Cuisine Intégrale, Moroil, Stoneline and L'Epicerie .

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