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A fabulous feast of fun and food was on offer at the Gala Launch of the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival on 29 September, with Dato’ Steve Day, Organising Chairman of MIGF, joined by specially invited guests, Master Chefs, hoteliers and glitterati from all over Malaysia and the world.

Specially invited guests included Royal Patron YAM Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja’afar and Minister of Tourism Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen. In the packed foyer of the resort’s Grand Ballroom, Dato’ Steve thanked all those gathered – gastronomes, epicureans, vegetarians and people from all walks of life – for coming together to meet new people, eat well and, above all, have fun.

Special thanks were extended to MIGF’s long list of sponsors, which included Carlsberg, FUJIFILM, Le Cordon Bleu and Nestle, to name a few. Dato' Sri Dr Ng opened her speech with the tongue in cheek comment that she should hire the eloquent Dato' Steve to be her political speaker! She explained that her main aspirations were that tourists would eventually come to Malaysia because they had marked the month of October in their diary to enjoy the culinary creations peculiar to MIGF.

The opening gambit involved Dato’ Steve and the two honoured guests cutting their way through a giant chef’s hat to open up the Grand Ballroom, which held a feast of music, entertainment and food. A live latin band pumped out the theme music for MIGF, “It’s Raining Chefs”, to accompany the Master Chefs from the Festival’s 28 participating restaurants in their onstage dance.

Then it was time for the feast, as the 2,000-strong crowd tasted bite-sized samples prepared by the restaurants at their specially created booths, to the accompaniment of free-flow wine, beer and other beverages. Savoury and sweet, East and West and fusion too, there was a flood of choices with something to suit every palate. It was all about food and fun, with dancing girls and clowns on stilts adding to the merriment.

And to add authenticity to the feel, some of the restaurants featured traditional costumes, including Chalet with its Swiss serving staff and Royal India with sari-clad Indian beauties. The guests also made an effort to appear in their party best, with one invitee from Scotland dressed in a kilt!

At a press conference following the launch, Dato’ Sri Dr Ng reiterated the importance of MIGF in the Tourism Ministry’s Fabulous Food 1Malaysia campaign, which will consequently feature the ASEAN Heritage Food TV series by Chef Wan in November and the Malaysia Street and Restaurant Food Festival in December.

Dato’ Steve, meanwhile, spoke about the role of MIGF in Malaysia’s dining scene – raising standards, stimulating spending and promoting local chefs by giving them a voice and a platform to showcase their talents.

And indeed, the talent is all there on show this October, with Festival Menus created especially for your dining pleasure. So do get your umbrellas ready for the storm of delights that will rain down on the local dining scene at special Festival Prices that will blow you away.