Food, fashion and property are among the highlights for visitors at the Ramadan Festival in Precinct 3, Putrajaya this year.
Organised by Putrajaya Corporation’s (PPj) city services department, the festival swings into its fifth year with air-conditioned tents, food trucks and a cafe operating from a moving bus.
“We started with only 50 stalls,” said PPj commercial, business development and licensing division director Shamsul Joehari Zainal Mokhtar of the festival’s humble beginnings.
Today, there are 500 stalls located in front of the Palace of Justice and around the PPj complex.
The soft carpet-grassed field between these two buildings has become a favourite spot with visitors to relax as they wait to break fast.
The festival attracted half a million visitors last year. This time, the set target is close to a million.
Shamsul said social media would be a major tool used by the organiser to achieve the goal.
But he reckoned location also played a part in the event’s growing popularity.
“For many years, Jalan Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur was the place to go for Hari Raya shopping.
“But when we set up a bazaar in Putrajaya, people from Bangi, Dengkil and Kajang need not travel so far,” he said.
Rental fees for stalls in the air-cond tents are RM2,500 for the duration of the Ramadan Festival and locations are determined via a balloting process.
The outdoor cafes, food trucks and food stalls will operate from 4pm to midnight throughout the month of Ramadan.
Visitors are also encouraged to separate their food waste from non-edible rubbish by disposing them into designated bins provided by Alam Flora.
Just look out for the green bins pasted with blue stickers. This marks the first attempt by the administrative capital to segregate food waste at source to turn into compost.
Campaigns to encourage visitors not to waste food and to spend in moderation will run together with the food separation exercise.
The Putrajaya Ramadan Festival ends on June 24.