Christmas cake mixing attracts tourists in Zanzibar

A hotel in Zanzibar has involved visitors or tourists in the hotel and its staff led by chefs in mixing ingredients of a special cake for this year’s Christmas.

The move by Maru-Maru Hotel located in the Stone Town is crucial in promoting culinary tourism and boasting local pride.

According to the World Food Travel Association (2022) culinary tourism is important as it increases local pride, it attracts visitors.

Everybody must eat during their holiday and research shows that tourists are increasingly interested in culinary experiences and prepared to pay more for local food and unique tastes.

Local Chef Mohamed Abdalla and Sekh Firdous said the event that getting our visitors and staff to the kitchen in mixing ingredients for the Christmas cake, is an interesting exercise and sort of fan that many tourists enjoy.

According to the chefs, the 30kg big cake will be baked on Christmas Day after soaking for almost twenty days to have some of the ingredients softened by alcohol.

“I am happy to be involved in the mixing of the cake,” Ms Chatherine Jose, an enthusiastic tourist said during the mixing of the cake at the roof top of the hotel.

Tourism is the leading sector of Zanzibar, contributing to more than 60,000 jobs and more than 25 percent of the Isles GDP.


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