Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Macau’s 7th Food Festival is an immediate success

Posted by Kimberly on November 17, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 17, 2007 639 words)

Macau’s 7th annual food festival came to life last night with the attendance of Chief Executive Mr Edmund Ho Hau Wah and SJM Managing Director, Dr Stanley Ho.

The fair, located at Sai Van lake Square, had begun at 3pm yesterday afternoon, but by 7pm, during the time of the opening ceremony, it was almost impossible to walk around, signifying the success of what has no doubt become a Macau institution.

Six main themed areas supported 100 booths, with some familiar sights of local eating establishments including popular Indian restaurant, Aruna’s.

Proprietor Aruna Jha had made 500 pieces of a favourite Indian snack only to see it gone within one hour, even though she and her team had been up since 4am preparing for the festival.

The stalls are divided into the following: “Macau Street”, “Greater China Street”, “East Asia Street”, “Southeast Asia Street”, “European Street” and “Dessert Street” – providing delicacies from different regions.

As well as the live entertainment of marching band and local dancers, there are also game booths and rides to participate in, as well as a beer-drinking contest and SJM’s “World of Dinosaurs.”

A total of 13 emulation dinosaurs, of which three are available for riding, have been brought along to the festival for display, with ten sets of models.

Designed and produced by Sanrio’s subsidiary company Kokoro, the Dinosaur display is the first animatronics dinosaur exhibition in Macau.

The opening ceremony for the display was presided over by Dr Stanley Ho, who was joined by Mr Edmund Ho and other officiating guests including including Mr. Xu Ze, Deputy Director of Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Macau SAR, Mr. Chui Sai On, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau SAR, Mr. João Manuel Costa Antunes, Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office, Mr. Tam Vai Man, President of the Administrative Council of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau of the Macau SAR, Ms. Angela Leong , member of the Legislative Assembly of the Macau SAR, and Mr. Chan Chak Mo, President of The United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macau.

Said Dr Ho of the exhibition, “following our sponsorship for SJM’s World Heritage Ice Lantern Exhibition last year, we again offer title-sponsorship to this wonderful dinosaur exhibition.

“We hope that through sponsoring such kinds of activities, we will bring more fun to our residents and tourists, particularly to the children, and add more colour to the tourism industry of Macau.”

The exhibition will be held at San Van Lake Square Lower Level until January 1, 2008 with admission being 25 patacas per person.

Meanwhile, Macau Tower also took its place within the festivities with a wine fiesta held in conjunction, being the first one held and offering an amazing variety of wines across eight marquees at the Outdoor Piazza.

Also offered is a Tapas Kiosk to complement the wines as well as an outdoor dinner buffet. As well, a guide expands on the wine topics as how best to taste and enjoy wine, while interactive media brings to life some of Portugal’s illustrious vineyards and their traditions. The cost of the wine tasting with a snack and three tastings is 30 patacas.

The food festival will continue until December 2, during the following times: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Mondays to Thursdays); 3:00 p.m. to midnight (Fridays to Sundays).

The wine fiesta will only be offered until November 18, with the following times: 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (16 November), 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (17 & 18 November).

Meanwhile, Mr Edmund Ho will depart for Beijing on Thursday (November 22) for a two-day duty visit. While in the capital, Mr Ho will report to the state leaders on the latest developments of the Macao SAR and his policy blueprint for the next fiscal year.



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