Improving the Presentation of Food and Beverage in Rural Tourism Facilities

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The three-day training on “Improving the Presentation of Food and Beverages in Rural Tourism Facilities” was organized with the aim of enhancing the skills of rural tourism service providers in presenting their food and beverage offerings. The training, held at Villa Lura Sh.p.k in Makresh i Eperm, Novoberde, Kosovo*, gathered 17 service providers in rural tourism, including accommodation providers, rural families, and service providers in rural areas.

The day began with the presentation of the agenda and the project’s training objectives, as well as the introduction of participants and trainers. Bardhyl Metkamberi, the SWG Regional Coordinator, led this session. The training officially started with expert Arbenita Hasani Rexhepi, Associate Professor at the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, leading the session on the presentation of food in rural tourism facilities and food and drink pairing. The purpose was to discuss the importance of food presentation and service improvement in tourism by creating menus suitable for rural tourism facilities. She continued with the second part of the training, focusing on the calculation of meals/food/normative, providing participants with essential knowledge for effectively managing their food offerings. Practical work followed, with a cooking class allowing participants to work alongside professional chefs, honing their skills in food preparation, presentation, and improving food and drink pairing. The day ended with a session on storytelling and added value in rural tourism facilities. The expert led a group discussion, allowing participants to share good examples and learn the importance of storytelling in rural tourism. 

The second day began with discussing guest demands in rural tourism today, including trends in the travel industry and the needs of customers/guests. This was followed by a session on safety standards in food preparation led by expert Lamir Thaçi, an information officer from the Food and Veterinary Agency. The purpose was to teach participants the procedures in food preparation, storage, and waste disposal standards, ensuring they meet safety regulations. The training was highly successful, providing participants with valuable insights, practical skills, and networking opportunities to improve their rural tourism offerings.

The training is supported within the Project: Promotion of Economic Diversification in Rural Areas of South-Eastern Europe (SEDRA II) in SEE – Value chain capacity building on agriculture and rural tourism to promote employment opportunities supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by GIZ in partnership with SWG RRD.

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*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.