GUESTS at the gala launch of the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) 2010 savoured the fine offerings of the 30 participating restaurants at the candle-lit Sunway Convention Centre recently.
The royalty, foreign ambassadors, corporate leaders and food connoisseurs were greeted by the hotel staff at their respective kitchen stations, where bite-sized versions of the restaurants’ festival menus were served.
Besides the well-decorated stations and appealing fine food, some restaurants grabbed the guests’ attention with pole dancing and belly dancing.
The MIGF, an annual event and now in its 10th year and part of the Tourism Malaysia’s Fabulous Food 1Malaysia campaign, is themed Magical Chef this time.
First introduced in 2001, it aimed to revitalise the sleepy fine dining sector and to showcase Malaysia’s fine dining capabilities.
MIGF organising chairman Datuk Steve Day said the country could offer world-class international cuisine in addition to the fabulous hawker fare.
“The country needs to offer both to attract high-yield tourists and delegates for our MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) business,” he said.
Joining Day at the launch was Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit.
The MIGF will be held for the whole of October with the 30 restaurants offering special menus, bulk booking discounts and room night offers, and the grand finale will be held on Oct 30 at Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach.
Foodies can also learn the chefs’ kitchen tricks at the Master Chef Cooking Classes. For a list of the participating restaurants and their menus, visit www.migf.com.
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