The Impact of Food Culture on Patronage Intention of Visitors: The Mediating Role of Satisfaction

Mana Khoshkam*, Azizan Marzuki, Robin Nunkoo, Amin Pirmohammadzadeh, Shaian Kiumarsi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose
The revival of local foods in the tourism context plays a significant role in attracting visitors. Unexpectedly, empirical evidence on food festivals aimed at reviving local cuisine in non-Western countries is scarce. This study aimed to examine and clarify the concept of food culture attributes on visitors' satisfaction and patronage intention in a food festival setting to revive local foods.

Design/methodology/approach
A quantitative approach was used. Convenience sampling and questionnaires were administered to 172 attendees as the final response to a food festival. The conceptual framework identifies the assumptions of structural equation modelling (SEM).

Findings
Food culture attributes significantly impacted visitor satisfaction based on the results. Cooking methods had an insignificant influence on satisfaction and indirect effects on patronage intention. Additionally, the authors persuaded satisfaction to act as a mediator, and food culture was a significant contributor to the hypothesised framework.

Originality/value
To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is one of the first empirical studies to employ food culture attributes (flavour, presentation, cooking method and gastronomic identification) and patronage intention in the mediating role of satisfaction with Iranian cultural heritage as a revival of a visitor’s attraction towards local cuisine. The results revealed that the resurrection of local dishes serves as an alternative truth that aids in preserving Iranian cultural heritage.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Food Journal
Number of pages31
ISSN0007-070X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

Epub ahead of print. Published online: 21 April 2022.

Keywords

  • Revival of local food
  • Food tourism festival
  • Food culture attributes
  • Iran

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