The folks who brought us the first Penang International Food Festival in April of this year are back, this time with two days dedicated to Penang’s favourite cuisine, Street Food. The earlier festival lasted two weeks, and was dedicated to food of the past, present and future (see here: https://penangfreesheet.my/penang-international-food-festival-april-15th-30th-2017/). This time, the organisers are focusing on what proved to be the most popular and successful element, nostalgia for street food of old. The festival will run from 5pm until 11pm on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September, taking advantage of the Merdeka national holiday.
Once again, Beach Street, the old financial district within the heritage zone of George Town, will be closed to traffic. The adjoining streets (Bishop and Church/Gereja) will be lined with hawker stalls and crammed with tables for diners to sit and enjoy the food and the ambiance. There will be performances, including retro songs and cooking demonstrations, at the main stage on Gat Lebuh Gereja from 8pm onwards, and a firework display on the first night at about 9pm. The fun fair will be in full swing both nights with lots of opportunities to throw balls to try to know things over and win prizes.
It is all good, clean, nostalgic fun, and a chance to sample so many classic Penang dishes, including Bak Chang, Assam Laksa, Koay Teow Th’ng, Hokkien Mee, Beef Koay Teow, Mee Sotong, Nasi Kandar, Seafood, Ice Kacang, Tandoori & Naan, Murtabak, Mee Udang, Ayam Rendang & Ketupat, Satay and (on Saturday only) Daging Harimau Menangis.
More information and updates can be found at the organiser’s website www.piff.com.my.
The photographs accompanying this article were taken at the April event by Melanie Long.