The festival will offer a full day of tasting both traditional recipes and new food trends.
Rabat – This November 9, Jemaa El Fna Square in Marrakech will host its first ever street food festival.
The “Marrakech Street Food Festival” aims to pay tribute Moroccan cuisine and solidify its place among Morocco’s many festivals, said the Arts and Culture Foundation, which is organizing the event.
In honor of the festival’s very first edition, organizers will task 20 renowned chefs with cooking a lunch for 5000 people. The festival will also offer a full day of tasting both traditional recipes and new food trends. A wide range of Moroccan cuisine will be served drawing inspiration from all over Morocco.
According to Hafsa Benmchich, the President of the Arts and Culture Foundation, the star of Marrakech street food “is undeniably the cooks behind it, who add their cultural identity to the taste of the food.”
“In each Moroccan city, the cook highlights the customs and cultural values. The cook often adds a regional specialty to the street food. Street cooking refers to multiple techniques, know-how, taste, and processes specific to cultural habits and places,” she added.
The festival has already gathered a line up of restaurants, storytellers, snake trainers, and food trucks to serve the festival.
Also on the festival program is a photo exhibition called “The Plate of Happiness” which will be orchestrated by Marrakech photographer Noureddine Tilsaghani. The exhibition will run from December 7 to January 7 on the esplanade of the Bahia Palace.
The Arts & Cultures Foundation will also publish a book in honor of the festival entitled “The Career of an Artisan Cook.” The book will feature profiles of the most popular cooks in Marrakech’s the old medina, their culinary secrets and ancestral recipes.