FOR the first time, the main events and mini festivals of Penang International Food Festival (PIFF) 2023 are being held on both the island and mainland to promote inclusivity while contributing to the local economy.
There are three main events, and the first one called “Bertam Tasty Trails” was held at Vision Park, Bertam, on the mainland.
The other two main events on the island called “Gourmet Stars of Penang” will be held at Fort Cornwallis on June 9 and 10 from 5pm to 11pm.
The Penang Food Festival will be held at SPICE outdoor carpark and SPICE Rooftop Garden on June 24 and 25 from 4pm to 11pm.
As for the mini festivals, three will be organised on the island and two on the mainland.
“Wonderfood” is being held at Hin Bus Depot today from 11am to 5pm.
This will be followed by “Malam BBQ @ Penanti” at Kampung Terus Penanti on June 11 from 5pm to 10pm, “Rasa-rasa Rahmah” at Farlim Night Market on June 14 from 5pm to 10pm, “Santai Under the Sky” at Batu Maung Foodies on June 16 from 4pm to 11pm and “Seafeast” at Batu Kawan Stadium on June 17 from 5pm to 11pm.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow encouraged visitors to explore places of interest nearby while they enjoy the state’s culinary offerings.
He highlighted attractions such as Masjid Abdullah Fahim, the British-Siamese Boundary Stone and Air Hitam Dalam Educational Forest, murals in Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, the War Museum and Snake Temple in Bayan Lepas and the Penang International Container Art Festival in Batu Kawan.
“To retain our competitive edge, it is crucial that we infuse creativity into the tourism sector by developing new products, experiences and venues,” he told Buletin Mutiara at a press conference
Penang tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said since 2017, PIFF had drawn thousands of foodies worldwide to sample the state’s diverse culinary offerings.
He added that the introduction of the Michelin Guide in Penang unveiled a new page in the state’s gastronomic story.
Among those at the press conference at The Whiteaways Arcade in Beach Street, George Town, were Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi, Seberang Prai mayor Datuk Azhar Arshad, Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry Penang director Jonathan Freddy P. Bagang; Tourism Northern Malaysia
deputy director Siti Hajar Mohd Yunus and Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan.
Chow and other guests later enjoyed local delights like laksa, nasi lemak, pasembur and ice kacang.