PETALING JAYA: More than 8,000 people flocked to the iconic Queen Victoria Market in Australia for a durian festival hosted by a Malaysian property developer.
The durian festival that was held for the third time by SP Setia Bhd has become increasingly popular with Malaysians and Australians.
“Eating durian with the aroma of satay in the market environment like this is really nostalgic," said Christina Chai, a Malaysian professional residing in Melbourne.
"I’m glad we have events like this that bring so many Malaysians and locals here together to make Melbourne feel more like home,” she added.
The festival also served international delicacies including Greek souvlakis, Turkish street food, Spanish and Italian gelato, locally-sourced berries as well as classic Malaysian desserts and satay which was grilled on-site.
“SP Setia’s events are always full of energy and this type of lively festive event really promotes our king of fruit, which brings everybody together”, said Westmoreland Palon, the Malaysian consul-general in Melbourne.
SP Setia’s Australian operations CEO Choong Kai Wai said that they were delighted with the positive response from people, including locals.
"The durian isn’t for everyone, so we brought along other cultures this time around. We have also received many requests from Malaysians in Sydney and Brisbane to host durian parties there – they don’t want to miss out too,” he said.
Choong added that he was very appreciative of the students who have volunteered to help despite having their year-end exams.
The festival was also made possible by the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia (MASCA), the Australasian Association of Melbourne University and Malaysian students studying in Australia.
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