People of Remarkable Talent (PORT) is organising a “food truck garden” within its premises will help expose food-truck culture to Ipohites. It will also help create a healthy competitiveness among the handful of operators. On Friday, August 5 a Garden Festive Celebration was held at the facility’s compound beginning from 8pm till midnight.

Apart from helping the operators gain extra income, it was also an opportunity to promote Ipoh for the upcoming Visit Perak Year (VPY) 2017.

The food truck garden at PORT is the only one of its kind in Ipoh. With its laid-back ambience, it is the perfect place to hangout.

“Using trucks, lorries and even buses to sell food is definitely unique. PORT’s initiative to help these young entrepreneurs by providing them with a conducive location is laudable,” said Dato’ Nolee Ashilin, Executive Councillor for Arts, Culture, Tourism, Communication and Multimedia. Nolee is also a member of PORT’s board of directors.

The food truck garden operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week. The main players are Freddo, Ali Yeh Yeh, The Hut, Meltshack, Chef Uni Ayam Garam, Puffer on the Move, The Golfer Chef, Sneak Out, Coffee Ride and Old School Coffee.

Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir was among the VIPs attending the function that night. He gave away plaques to the community leaders and partners of PORT.

“Ipoh has been receiving a number of visitors especially from Singapore. They come all the way here to taste Ipoh’s street food,” said Nolee.

“Besides food there are other attractions to see. An influx of tourists will contribute to the state’s economy,” she said.

Rosli Mansor