Kuching fest set to be biggest yet
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
IT’S THAT TIME OF THE year again where Kuchingites get the chance to treat their palates by sampling various types of food at the annual MBKS Kuching Festival which starts July 31 to August 23.
According to Kuching City South Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk James Chan, the family-oriented festival will give the youth a platform to showcase their creativity in promoting their products to visitors during the food fair.
“Aside from having fun during the festival, it is also a chance for the youths to create a sense of entrepreneurship within themselves” said Chan.
Promising more variety of food as well as activities, Chairman for Food and Trade Fair Tan Kay Hook said this year’s food festival will feature 259 stalls for the food fair section and 199 indoor and outdoor stalls for the trade fair.
“For the food festival, visitors can expect to see more varieties and creativity in terms of the food presentation as well as stall displays,” said Tan. They will be selecting the winner for best decorated stall this year.
“The winner will have the privilege of choosing their own stall location for next year’s food festival,” he added.
Emphasising on hygiene and cleanliness, Tan said each stall vendor will be provided two aprons as well as chef hats. There will also be cleaning crews to keep the place clean throughout the month-long festival which will also have more than 3,000 chairs and 300 tables ready to accommodate avid foodies.
Although cleaning crews are available throughout the one month festival, the public is advised to be civic-minded and help clean up after themselves as well as dispose their rubbish responsibly.
Besides the highly anticipated food festival, visitors can expect to see more activities and programmes in the line-up.
“This open concept festival is the biggest yet since it does not only incorporate food fair and exhibition but also entertainment as well as the Garden Show for visitors to enjoy the peaceful garden ambiance with their families,” said Chan.
Soft toys of the Kuching festival mascots – Alca, Mimi and Gege – will be on sale during the festival at the cost of RM35.
The night entertainment will be held at the Open Stage, Kuching Park, from July 31st until August 23rd, and feature 37 local communities made up of local NGOs.
“For the night performance, we have performing troupes from four sister cities; Nagoya, Japan, Zhenjiang and Kunming of China and Guro District of South Korea coming for the International Cities Night which not only gives the locals a chance for cultural exposure and exchange but also a good boost for Kuching city as well,” said Chan. International performances will be held from July 31st to August 2nd.
With 40,000 visitors anticipated, the mayor advised the public to carpool and take precaution of their own vehicles during the month-long festival.
Among other highlighted activities visitors can expect to see during the festival are Kuching Got Talent (semi final: August 1st till 2nd, final: August 22nd) , Sports Toto 3 on 3 Basketball Jamboree on August 2nd, Kuching Zumba Fiesta on August 7th, Remote Control Exhibition and Yuanji Dance on August 8th, Folk Dance Display on August 9th, Rugby Tournament, CASH Martial Art Display and Traditional Oriental Music on August 15th, Football Tournament (Mayor’s Cup) from Aug 15th to 16th and Aug 22nd till 23rd and Hockey Tournament from Aug 29th to 30th.