Food and entertainment draw crowds to Butterworth Fringe Festival


Crowds enjoying the street food at the RM2 Mini Food Fest during the Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF) 2018 at Jalan Jeti Lama in Butterworh, Penang. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

Crowds enjoying the street food at the RM2 Mini Food Fest during the Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF) 2018 at Jalan Jeti Lama in Butterworh, Penang. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

THE love for Penang food melded with arts, culture and heritage in Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF) 2018, held for the fourth time.

Thousands went last weekend and found a street festival ambience with hawkers offering a plethora of yummy delights.

After tucking in, it was time for visitors to revel in 17 local and six international performances and attractions.

The local content comprised Orang Utan Drum Theatre, Penang Modern Dance Ensemble, Wak Long Music Group, Angika Fine Arts, Plasticity Theatre Troupe, Traditional Games, RM2 Mini Food Fest, Aspiring Seberang Prai Photography Awards 2018 Exhibition, BFF Photography Contest and several others.

A stage performer using household items to create music.
A stage performer using household items to create music.

The international acts comprised Katay Santos, Circo Pitanga, Clap Clap Circo, Hero San, World of Fire and Claudia den Boar.

There were also wayang kulit shows, an artisan market, workshops and photography exhibitions at the event held at Jalan Jeti Lama in Butterworth.

Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Datuk Rozali Mohamad said the council was committed to realising the Penang 2030 vision with the tagline “A Family-Focused Green and Smart State”.

“This vision concentrates on four main objectives.

“They are to increase liveability to enhance quality of life, upgrade the economy to raise household incomes, empower people to strengthen civil participation and invest in the built environment to improve resilience,” he said.

The carnival-like event was opened by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Also present were Think City Sdn Bhd executive director Hamdan Abdul Majeed, MPSP secretary Rosnani Mahmod, BFF programme manager Jack Wong and Yayasan Hasanah managing director Shahira Ahmed Bazari.

Ang Yi Qian, 27, showing a bouquet of woven pandan leaves made at the traditional arts and craft workshop. Lim (below, third left) opening the Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF) 2018.
Ang Yi Qian, 27, showing a bouquet of woven pandan leaves made at the traditional arts and craft workshop. 

Northern Region , bureaus