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Festival in Jersey launched to showcase hospitality industry

Credit: Zest Festival

A new hospitality festival is coming to Jersey to showcase the island's industry.

The 'Zest' festival in April will include workshops, including cocktail-making, butchery and fishmongery demonstrations.

The training sessions and tutorials are being run by the Jersey Hospitality Association (JHA), Skills Jersey and Highlands College.

We absolutely want to show off all the best that this industry can offer, both so that people see the variety of careers and skills that hospitality encompasses and also so that people can enjoy the best food and service in Jersey and have some fun.

We would love our members to take part at some level, whether that is hosting an event, a full menu or a menu item or a tour or masterclass.

This is a not-for-profit event and the idea is for members to do their take on superb hospitality in the style of their own venue

– Simon Soar, Jersey Hospitality Association

The launch of this festival comes after a tough year for Jersey's hospitality industry.

In October 2018, the JHA said the sector had been "hit particularly hard" by the removal of employment licenses.

Changes to the island's work permit system were proposed but will not be made in time for the next season due to delays to the debate in the States.

The Chief Minister said the delay was necessary due to Brexit and any changes will be introduced from the end of 2019.