EPCAS Winter General Assembly – United Arab Emirates

From Friday March 4th until Monday March 7th, the EPCAS Winter General Assembly took place in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. With 61 attendees, representing 36 companies from 11 European countries, we look back on a successful edition with a lot of opportunities to share knowledge and experience.

It was great to see how many familiar and new faces came together, and blended perfectly. The European Event Catering Academy, the Best Practices, the Keynote Presentations, the RAK factory visit, many networking moments, and of course the Arab culture and culinary experiences guaranteed for 3 inspiring days with a lot of take-home value.


In the Spotlight

European Event Catering Academy
A new initiative of EPCAS was presented by Stephanie van Oorschot; in order to develop talent within our industry, we are launching the European Event Catering Academy. The European Event Catering Academy offers a well-balanced combination of knowledge taught by professors and industry professionals, as well as leadership skills, empowerment and insight in personal behavioural styles.

We are convinced that we are able to offer an appealing 3 day programme. The Pilot Course will take place from May 8th to May 10th 2016.

Best Practices & Sessions
On Saturday March 5th, we were welcomed by the General Manager of Fairmont Dubai, Robert-Jan Woltering, who informed us on Dubai’s plans for the World EXPO in 2020.

A Keynote Presentations was given by Andy Cuthbert – Jumeirah Group on the evolving hospitality industry in Dubai.

Part of the official meeting, were Best Practices given by some of our members. Charles Smith – At Your Service Group presented his new gin aperitif; The Wingfield.

On Monday March 7th, we were welcomed in the Convention Centre of Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, by General Manager Marino Gherardi.

We were inspired by the presentation of Charles van Goch – EPCAS Board member, who presented the catering trends for 2016. Next to that, Maartje Nelissen – The Food Line-up shared her company’s vision on food as a headliner on festivals and events. Furthermore, Maarten Kanters – Fransen + Kanters Experience Catering and Luca Legnani – Papillon1990 shared their success stories with us.

RAK Factory visit
We visited the RAK Porcelain Group factory in Ras Al Khaimah on Sunday March 6th. We had an inspiring tour through the offices and the factory and were amazed by the production processes.

Culinary Experiences
Of course, we experienced the Arab culture in the terms of its luxury and food. We enjoyed Dubai’s best Afternoon Tea, on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa and we had dinner in the Seafire restaurant at Atlantis the Palm.

Next to that, the Arab cuisine was tasted during a beach dinner in Ras Al Khaimah, where we also enjoyed the Italian cuisine and had a preview of the new Burger & Lobster concept of DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island.

Summer General Assembly 2016
Our next Assembly is hosted by Artur Junqueira – Grupo Ibersol/Silva Carvalho Catering, Portugal. On his invitation we will spend the Summer General Assembly, from Sunday July 24th to Tuesday, July 26th in Porto.

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