From the 1st to the 31st of October, 2010 Kuala Lumpur will celebrate its food culture with the 10th Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. With this year’s theme being “Magic Chefs”, you can guarantee a month of food fantasy as 30 of Malaysia’s top restaurants send their best chefs to present their wondrous cuisine.
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The MIGF was established when a collective cry from chefs and restaurateurs to call attention to their services was heard. Malaysia already has a prosperous industry among the hawker foods and traditional restaurants. The small but high quality fine dining segment finally found a way to expand their customers and put Malaysia on the international culinary map through the MIGF. The Ministry of Tourism helps promote the event by supporting the Gourmet Tours Malaysia Programme, which lets visitors avail of tour packages that include visits to participating restaurants as well as hotel accommodations and other treats. The Ministry also includes the festival as one of the top fifty key events of the year.
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The invitation-only Gala launch featured a bevy of celebrities, government officials, dignitaries and foreign guests, while thousands of foodies from around the country and the globe trooped to the various goings-on at Sunway Convention Centre and other venues. This year, thirty hotel-based restaurants are participating during the duration of the festival, including Al-Amar of the Pavilion Luala Lumpur, Lafite and Zipangu of the Shangri-La Hotel and Zing of the Grand Millennium Hotel. Special menu items and prices are featured at each outlet, giving gourmets a month to visit each one and try out the special cuisine. Apart from the restaurants, there are some eighty-four activities throughout the event, from cooking classes to wine and cigar appreciation. One such activity is Epicure Malaysia, the countryâ€™s top wine, food and lifestyle fair held last September in Sime Darby Convention Centre. The festival will close with a Grand Finale Party where 1,300 invited guests will party all night at the Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach.
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If all this rich food is spoiling your palate or you are unable to reserve a table, head on to the Sunway Pyramid Mall for other meal options. Many hawker places prepare the food such as roti canai right in front of delighted customers, guaranteeing not only freshly served meals but also a culinary show to go along with it. Snackers can also order up Teh Tarik, where skilled servers pour tea repeatedly between two mugs, creating a frothy, cooled concoction. On the other hand, traditional restaurants can serve favorites like Nasi Dagang, where regular and glutinous rice are cooked together with coconut cream and served with a side dish of tuna fish curry, or laksam, a pasta-like dish served with fish-and-coconut milk gravy.
The 10th MIGF is being held in Sunway Convention Centre. For convenience, you can book a room at the Pyramid Tower Hotel next-door. Make sure to place a reservation since hundreds of other gourmets are probably vying for a coveted table as well. You can visit the official MIGF website for more information.