HAVANA, Oct. 14th. The Ibero-American Academy of Gastronomy (AIBG) nominated Havana as the Capital of the Cocktail Culture of Ibero-America, as announced today at the Arcos de Cristal Hall, at the Cabaret Tropicana, in this city.
José Carlos de Santiago, president of Grupo Excelencias, told the Cuban News Agency that the city obtained that condition in 2018 but due to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, it could not be developed.
De Santiago explained that the AIBG was asked to extend the capital status due to natural causes until 2024, a date that coincides with the centenaries of the bartenders associations of the world and Cuba – the latter is known by its acronym ACC.
Eddis Naranjo Carrillo, president of the ACC, recalled the moment when they obtained the recognition in 2018 and pointed out that achieving it again can constitute a great merit.
Naranjo Carrillo recognized that the gastronomy staff in the largest of the Antilles is characterized by their professionalism in the provision of services.
He also highlighted that the application shows the impetus of a sector that works and achieves great success.
The nomination of Havana as the Capital of Ibero-American Cocktail Culture was made within the framework of the closing of the 10th Excelencias Gourmet International Gastronomic Seminar “Hispanic Gastronomy: American fusions and projections.”
That event focused on entrepreneurship and the growth of young people in the business world.