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Experience different sights, sounds and flavours at Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival

The Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival returned for its 17th installment this year to Carpenter Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.

The event started from Sept 17 and will be ending on September 24 and runs from 6pm to 11pm.

With the slogan “Sight, Sound and Taste”, the nightly event showcases the different food, music and cultures of various ethnicities in Sarawak.

Organised by The Federation of Kuching Division Community Association with Kuching Old Market Community Association, the festival promises eight days of fun-packed activities for all ages.

The different sights, sounds and tastes at Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival

As celebration in Sarawak is nothing without food, there are so many cuisines to choose from at the Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival.

From traditional Chinese food to Dayak barbecued goodies, visitors will be spoilt for choice.

Patrons can quench their thirst with a variety of drinks such as Thai milk tea, Vietnamese coffee and assorted bubble teas.

For those who are health-conscious, Kuching Chinese Traditional and Holistic Natural Medicine Association is there to provide free medical checkup.

Apart from that every night from 8am to 9pm, there will be Street Magic Show happening along Carpenter Street.

Making its return this year is 2017’s RM2 Charity Haircut where hairdressers from Maison Monica Hair & Beauty Academy are offering haircut services. The proceeds will be donated to Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).

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Other activities are children’s colouring competition, lantern fabrication competition, snow skin mooncake making contest and photography competition.

Local patrons who are diving are advised to park their vehicles at Plaza Merdeka, St. Thomas Cathedral or the Kuching Waterfront.

About Mooncake Festival

The mooncake festival or mid-autumn festival is a harvest festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar.

This year, the festival falls on Sept 24. On this day, the traditional delicacy called mooncake is enjoyed and shared among family and friends.

Visit Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival’s Facebook page for more information on the festival.

The eight-day Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival promises fun activities for all ages.


There will be a live Chinese orchestra performance at one end of Carpenter Street.


A glass of Vietnamese coffee to quench your thirst.
There will be performances by different ethnic groups every night and visitors are more than welcome to join in the fun.
Have some mooncakes which are inspired by Sarawak kek lapis.
Oyster pancakes fresh off the stove.


Different kinds of sausage, anyone?
Visitors can also enjoy freshly fried dumplings at the Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival.


The friendly ice-cream goyang vendor will let customer to shake the traditional Popsicle making machine.
To carry brightly-lit lantern like this is part of celebrating the mooncake festival.
Trader selling lanterns at the Kuching Multicultural Mooncake Festival.
A dragon dance performance happening at The Hong San Si Temple.
A taste of Thailand at The Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival.
There are various street performances happening at almost every corner of Carpenter Street.
Patrons enjoying their foods as well as the performances.


Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at or Twitter at @patriciahului.

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