The 8th Penang International Halal Expo & Conference (PIHEC)

The Honourable Dato' Abdul Malik Kassim
State Minister for Religious Affairs, Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs of Penang
Chairman, Halal Penang
In conjunction with
The 8th Penang International Halal Expo & Conference (PIHEC)
24-26 February 2017 
(Wednesday, 21 December 2016)
The Penang International Halal Expo & Conference (PIHEC) will be back again next year with great activities and highlights as well as tremendous business opportunities to be held from 24 -26 February 2017. The Halal Exposition to be held at the Subterranean Penang International Convention & Exhibition (sPICE) Centre and the Halal Conference will be presented at the Olive Tree Hotel Penang.
PIHEC has made its mark in the international Halal fraternity for the past 7 years and entering its 8th consecutive year in 2017, promises more than 350 exhibiting companies, organizations and business players converging local and international industry masters from as far as Europe and across Asia whom have set their sights to establish respective stands at both the Main Arena and Concourse of sPICE.
Halal Expo 2017 will showcase Halal consumables encompassing organic products, ingredients, canned food, seafood as well as processed and ready-to-eat products, frozen products, chocolate and dairy products, confectionery, biscuits, snacks, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and beauty products. The Halal non-food items include cosmetics and beauty-care products, Muslim apparels, Islamic banking, takaful and other financial instruments, information technology, education, publication and trading consultancies.
The Penang International Halal Chef Challenge (PIHCC) will continue as part of PIHEC's great component, in nurturing culinary skills, mastery and entrepreneurship which are deemed vital in propelling the growth of the Halal food sector. PIHCC sets to be staged with greater number of participants ranging from amateurs to professional levels as well as renowned judges from across the nation and region strutting their stuffs to select "best of the best" in conjunction with the 8th PIHEC. Lucrative and exciting prizes await winners of the competition.
Other exciting programmes during the three days include business opportunities and grooming sessions for entrepreneurs and industry players, seminars on Halal certification and standards, product showcases, business matchings, celebrity chef demos' including exciting stage forums and performances.
The Halal Conference next year brings focus to Halal Lifestyle as its theme, to be held at the Olive Tree Hotel Penang, on Saturday 25 February 2017. Fellow academia and captains of industry will share profound knowledge and experiences on innovation and entrepreneurship, moral ethics as well as health and global unity which are all best defined through the theme of Halal Lifestyle. The Halal Conference 2017 sets to draw scholars and business communities, industry players, researchers and also students to experience the awareness, challenges, issues and solutions towards a better Halal sustainable living.
The World Curry Festival (WCF) has been established as PIHEC'S main highlight for the past two years since its inception in 2015. In 2017, we are focusing at the possibility of WCF to be staged as a "stand alone" event to be held coinciding with the annual school holidays in March.
Once decision has been made, it will be an outdoor event at the Padang Kota Lama fronting Penang's historic monument of the City Hall; an event that celebrates the love and passion for food, culture and community. Foodies from far and wide will be treated with tantalising street food, scrumptious of market stall goodies as well as variety of cultural performances.
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