The 7th edition of the Festival of Ice Cream, Chocolate and Pastry (FESTIGLACES) opened its doors this Saturday, June 4 at the National Institute of Youth and Sports (INJS) in Abidjan-Marcory under the theme ”The great return ” in view of the two editions of 2020 and 2021 which could not be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
”This return promises to be great because we have many challenges to meet” declared Elie Peyra, General Commissioner of the said Festival at the start of his speech. She then displayed the objectives and challenges of this pastry event. According to her, ”the objective is to offer people intense moments of pleasure around the discovery of new trends, creations and flavors in the world of ice cream, chocolate and pastry”.
At the same time, in terms of challenges, it will be a question of bringing consumers closer to specialists, namely sellers and manufacturers, of valuing and promoting these sectors of activity that provide employment. Indeed, this gastronomic event brings together in each edition a good part of the Ivorian population but also and above all the actors of the world of candy such as those of ice cream, confectionery, chocolate and even pastry. These actors take the opportunity to present their products to the public and encourage them to buy. According to some sellers, these 3 days (June 4, 5 and 6) alone bring in as much money as several months in their shops. This is why they make it a point of honor to reserve a stand. These master chocolatiers, pastry chefs and even these ice cream experts offer dishes that are just as exquisite as they are full of vitamins. Hygiene is a point of honor. All the flavors of ice cream are offered there, all the cream of the pastry as well as the chocolate of our local lands.
For this edition, festival-goers (adults, young people and children) to be admitted to the site must provide themselves with an entrance fee at the price of 2000 or 5000 CFA francs. According to the organizers, they will be able to benefit as they wish from training workshops in trades related to the manufacture of ice cream, chocolate and pastry.
One of the innovations according to Elie Peyra is the entry into the scene of the entertainment component to cheer up especially the children who arrive there.
As a reminder, since 2015, the Chocolate and Pastry Ice Cream Festival also called Festiglaces is held regularly in Abidjan just at the end of the school year. Originally, and moreover still today, this festival aims to promote ice cream and its derivatives in Africa.