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Can you smell what the Rainforest is cooking?

Vendors and event organisers at the vendor briefing.
Vendors and event organisers at the vendor briefing.

KUCHING: The East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum (EATOF) Asia Food Kitchen will be among the coming attractions at the upcoming Rainforest World Music Festival to be held in Santubong.

The kitchen will, among others, feature exotic foods from EATOF member countries such as Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and of course Sarawak.

For foodies, the Sarawak Culinary Heritage area will provide a spread of authentic traditional food from the different races in Sarawak, such as Bidayuh food prepared by the Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) and the Kayan food provided by Lepau restaurant.

Meanwhile, preparations have begun at full swing as festival vendors for the Rainforest World Music Festival were briefed on the festival’s layout, health and safety, as well as security of the venue.

The Food and Village Mart, EATOF Asia Food Kitchen and Sarawak Culinary Heritage vendors attended the briefing earlier this week at the Sarawak Tourism’s office.

Kamarul Bakeri of Borneo Tru Events Sdn Bhd, the event partner for the Festival’s Food and Village Mart, along with the Board’s Director of Events and Corporate Relations, Angelina Bateman explained the do-s and don’t-s of the Festival grounds.

The Food Mart, located in front of the Orang Ulu & Iban Longhouse, will have 13 food and seven beverage stations, each with exclusive menus to ensure an exciting variety for festival-goers.

The Village Mart will be located around the venue and will comprise sales of festival memorabilia, various types of tattoos, hand & leg massages and many more.

Eddie Libau, Assistant Officer of Environmental Health was also present at the briefing to explain the Department of Health and Safety’s requirements for the Food & Beverage vendors.

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Among those presenting at the briefing was Grace Wan, from Adeco Marketing, which will be supplying vendors with biodegradable plates and cutlery.

While vendors have the option to seek other sources for their biodegradable dishes, every vendor is prohibited from using Styrofoam, plastic, or other non-biodegradable utensils.

The Festival will be held at the Sarawak Cultural Village on July 14 to 16.

There will be wellness programmes, informative talks, interactive ‘mini sessions’ in the afternoon as well as night concerts throughout the three-day festival.

Some 20 international bands will be performing, while many local bands such as At Adau will be taking center stage with their cultural performances of Sarawak.

This event is organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is jointly supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Sarawak, with Malaysia Airlines as the presenting sponsor.

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