The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Dato’ Hj Ahmad Phesal Bin Hj Talib sharing the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year with foreign tourists and tourism industry players in Kuala Lumpur during the launch of - ‘KL Food & Cultural Festival’ held in the conjunction with Hari Raya 2012 at Dataran Merdeka today.
“KL Food & Cultural Festival” allows foreign tourists and expatriates visiting or on short stay in Kuala Lumpur to taste the nation traditional dishes, experience and participate and Malaysian cultural activities such as arts, crafts, traditional games, music and multicultural dance performances.
At the festival event, the Mayor demonstrated the Dodol stirring to tourists at 1 of the 33 tents from tourism businesses including hotels, retail and club, restaurants, crafts and arts located within Kuala Lumpur city. The tents introduced and demonstrated specific dishes and art products that are must “Taste and Experience” to tourists while their visit in Kuala Lumpur. Each visitor received a special-designed postcard to redeem themself food and drinks. The postcard features the food served ranging from Dodol ,Mee Goreng Mamak ,Teh Tarik, Kuih Kapit, Ketupat , Lemang, Traditional Kueh, Satay Ayam, Pasembur, Roti Jala, Bahulu , Kari Laksa , Lamb Briyani , Banana Fritters, Fried Kuey Teow, Rose, Prawn Fritters, Murtabak and Karipap (Cuffy Puff) to a creative culinary Roti Canai Durian and Dalca. At the same time, the festival also creates opportunities for the participating business organisations to promote their services in the market, display diversity of Malaysian culture to attract tourists to Kuala Lumpur. Visitors also get the chance to play “Sepak raga”, create their own masterpiece through batik chanting and become a dancer through “Joget Lambak” at the festival.
The Mayor explained the objective of “KL Food and Cultural Festival” was to create finest and tasteful experience while engaging relationship with foreigners visiting Kuala Lumpur. “We want them to taste our local foods and experience the preparation of the food like stirring the Dodol and Lemang making. Instantly, with the postcard redemption coupon, not only they can get the chance to taste the food but they will share this unique experience to their family and friends by sending the postcard coupon as a gastronomic tip and guide to Kuala Lumpur.”
At the same event venue, The Mayor together with media and guests have a quick visit to The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery that houses attractions such as Kuala Lumpur Information Centre , a detailed and intricate miniature model of Kuala Lumpur’s heritage enclave the Dataran Merdeka and Chinatown, ARCH Visitor Centre, ARCH D-I-Y Workshop and ARCH gift shop. The Mayor and guest visited Kuala Lumpur Tourism new office sited on the second level of the building after viewing the Kuala Lumpur model miniature; the almost complete largest masterpiece of the Kuala Lumpur City Model showcases the present and future developments of Kuala Lumpur by using a total of 3,000 light-emitting diode (LED).
A pantomime welcoming us to the festival
Selangor Pewter demonstrating the correct way to make a pewter plate
Another pantomime ushering us to the media and VIP area
Various delicatssen served at the fair
Arrival of KL Mayor Dato’ Hj Ahmad Phesal Bin Hj Talib officiating the festival
KL Mayor Dato’ Hj Ahmad Phesal Bin Hj Talib inspecting the lemang
KL Mayor Dato’ Hj Ahmad Phesal posing for photographs with a tourist
KL Mayor Dato’ Hj Ahmad Phesal fascinated by the miniature model of Masjid Jamek
A beautiful miniature model of the city of KL (notice KL Tower, KLCC and the Maybank tower?)
“KL Food & Cultural Festival” is an initiative by Tourism Unit of Kuala Lumpur City Hall with the collaborations of The Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Putra Hotel, Ancasa Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur, Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Sri Petaling Kuala Lumpur, Dorsett Regency Kuala Lumpur, The Royale Bintang Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Royal Kuala Lumpur , Double Tree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, corporations include YTL Corporation Berhad, Kenanga Whole Sale City Sdn Bhd, Royal Selangor Club, Royal Selangor Marketing Sdn Bhd (Royal Selangor Pewter), Arch Collection Sdn Bhd (Kuala Lumpur City Gallery), Allsports Services Sdn Bhd( Visit KL) , Elang Wah Sdn Bhd (KL Hop On Hop off) , Shara Tent Restaurant, Restoran Warisan , Malaysian Association of Hotel (MAH) KL- Chapter and Textile Museum.