“Taiwanese cuisine” usually impresses the tourists most and is put in the first priority when visiting Taiwan. In recent years, some international media like CNN, Lonely Planet and National Geographic, continually reported Taiwanese food. In addition, the Department of Commerce of Ministry of Economic Affairs also makes efforts to promote the development of food and beverage industry. It aims to assist the industry in applying new technology, accessing to the globalization, developing business talents and organizing marketing events in Taiwan and overseas. The purpose is to help the industry approach to chain operation, building a successful brand and internationalization. It could drive the food and beverage industry to grow steadily as well. In the past five years, the revenue of food and beverage in Taiwan has increased by 6% to 9%. The food and beverage had sales of NT$439.4 billion in 2016. Forecasting the sector to have potential development, domestic companies keep expanding business and develop new brands. Moreover, many international food and beverage sectors come to Taiwan to seek business partners and to invest local food and beverage industry in Taiwan. As a result, food and beverage industry plays an important role in economy growth.
Taiwan is a gourmet kingdom. Traditionally, there are eight Chinese regional cuisines (Shandong Cuisine, Jiangsu Cuisine, Cantonese Cuisine、Sichuan Cuisine, Zhejiang Cuisine, Fujian Cuisine, Hunan Cuisine, and Anhui Cuisine). Besides, Japanese food, traditional snacks, western cuisine, exotic cuisine, creative cuisine etc. are also included. A vast range of gourmet cuisine has appeared such as traditional culture’s food as well as foreign food featured with Taiwanese taste. However, the diversity of food is highly accepted by locals. If gourmets would like to have nostalgia in bowl, they can search for the old food shop passed on within generations. The consumers who prefer to taste new and exotic food can choose from a wide variety of restaurants, deriving from Japanese, Italian, French, Thai and many more. Featured food shops in the laneways as well as chain restaurants serving delicate food can be found here. No matter local citizens or foreign tourists are able to pick their own in Taiwan.
“Taiwan Gourmet Cuisine” is an information platform set by the Department of Commerce of MOE to promote Taiwanese cuisine as well as food and beverage industry. Through this website, visitors can acquire food information around the island, such as old shop serving traditional taste, food tour itinerary combined with tourist spots as well as promotion activities of food etc. Food and beverage companies can receive information about government assistance in technology, affiliate marketing and overseas visits as well. The purpose is to encourage the food and beverage sector to have steady growth and to enhance the internal management. People’s enthusiastic participation as well as food and beverage industry efforts will bring Taiwanese food to the international presence and makes Taiwanese cuisine known around the world.