Showcasing Kuala Lumpur as a diverse gastronomic destination in South East Asia, the city will be celebrating a three-day food festival at the iconic Dataran Merdeka from May 29 to 31.
The food festival will bring together gastronomic delights from the 13 Malaysian States, making local and international foodies spoilt for choice with the range of over 60 food counters serving up only the best.
Curated by UK based Malaysian Chef and Kuala Lumpur food ambassador, Chef Norman Musa, the festival will also host several celebrity chefs, who will thrill and entertain visitors with live cooking demonstrations and workshops throughout the festival.
Visitors will also get the chance to meet with the local and internationally renowned chefs as they, conduct talks, cooking workshops and demonstrations. Visitors can also learn to prepare and cook authentic Malaysian dishes, and get useful tips from the experts themselves during the festival.
The three-day festival will transform Dataran Merdeka into eight quarters: Negeri, Warung, Manisan, Food Trucks, Warisan, Samplings, The Dulang and Mayor’s Courtyard - to include every facet of Malaysian food. Each quarter will be set up in a unique presentation serving everything from one’s favourite childhood dish to science defying molecular gastronomy dishes.
Aside from this, there will be a number of interesting pop-up stalls selling tropical Malaysian fruits and juices, spices and purees, tuck shops of Malaysian snacks like kerepek, coconut candy and dodol. These stalls will hold experiential demonstrations for tourist on preparing heritage cakes like kuih bangkit, kuih bakar and kuih bahulu.
With a single entry ticket, visitors have the opportunity to attend all the cooking workshops and demonstrations (based on a first-come, first-serve basis as seats may be limited), listen to gastronomic talks, and be entertained by cultural performances.
Food items may be purchased using Kupang, a specially designed token that will replace cash at the festival. It is available in denominations of half, one and five Kupang. Visitors can purchase the Kupang at the ticketing booth near the main entrance to the festival venue. The term Kupang is taken from the traditional Malay coin currency that was used, in the Malay Peninsula, over a century ago.
The 3-day festival is also geared to be eco-friendly and ethically responsible, whereby the quarters will be using bio degradable and non-Styrofoam packaging plus recycled bags; sharing a communal washing up area to wash their pots and pans; recycling bins for the food waste disposal.
To create more excitement during the festival, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall has organised the Big Challenge which includes three competitions. First, the KL Big Kitchen Big Race, a cooking competition which includes racing against time to buy ingredients at KL’s oldest market, Chow Kit Market and returning to the Big Kitchen site at Dataran Merdeka to cook a dish. The second competition is the KL Signature Mocktail Competition, open to Malaysian amateurs or professional mixologists to create KL’s signature mocktail. Finally the KL Signature Dish Competition, a competition only open to Malaysians, is in search of a unique, signature dish using local herbs and spices. Winners of each competition will receive cash prizes, a trophy from the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur and gifts sponsored by the festival’s partners.
Interested participants can download the entry forms from the festival website www.klbigkitchen.com
Kuala Lumpur Big Kitchen Festival 2015 is one of the initiatives under Kuala Lumpur Tourism Master Plan 2015 – 2025. One of the criteria of the master plan, is to create a food festivel in Kuala Lumpur, and to position the city, as a heaven for Malaysian cuisine.