In conjunction with ‘Visit Perak 2017’, state Exco for Tourism, Art, Culture and Multimedia Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi believes in the potential of food festivals to generate more tourists, both domestic and international, to Perak.

“The Thai Food Festival received over 80,000 visitors from Malaysia and Thailand. We can see how it could benefit us and help local businesses,” said Nolee during the official launching of the Thai Food Festival at Batu Gajah recently. The festival which was held for nine days from August 12 till 20, had over 200 vendors selling assorted Thai delicacies such as Glutinous Rice with Mango, Som Tam (Thai Style Papaya Salad) and many more.

Aside from food and drinks, there were a few stalls selling souvenirs and T-shirts for visitors who would like to commemorate the first ever Thai Food Festival in Perak.

“The festival received not only food enthusiasts from Perak, but also from other states too. We hope to see more or at least the same amount of visitors at all the five different venues where we plan to hold it next?” said YM Raja Dato’ Muzafar Shah Raja Mokhtar, one of the main organisers.

Muzafar and his team are still planning the next set of venues and setting up the date for the upcoming festivals.

Rosli Mansor