24th and 25th September 2016
MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL GASTRONOMY FESTIVAL (MIGF)
1st to 31st October 2016 Taste MIGF Returns! Taste MIGF, the spectacular preview event of the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF), returns to Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur on the weekend of 24th and 25th September. Prepare to taste fabulous food from all over the world as the Festival Master Chefs gather in the ground-breaking Theatre of Cuisines to deliver bite-sized portions from their specially-crafted Festival Menus. The envy of every food festival around the world, the unique format of Taste MIGF gives the Malaysian public and scores of international tourists a peek into the very best of the Malaysian food industry. With the theme ‘High Octane Chefs’, Taste MIGF 2016 will showcase the very best restaurants in the country as the culinary masterpieces whipped up by their chefs continue to dazzle diners year-after-year. This year’s Festival features a bountiful array of cuisines from across the globe including Sri Lankan, Japanese, Cantonese, Italian, French, Western Classic, Seafood, Malay, Nyonya, Argentinian Steakhouse, English, Mediterranean and Asian Fusion. For more details, head on over to www.tastemigf.com . High Octane Chefs The Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival (MIGF) itself will take place from 1st to 31st October 2016. During this time, Malaysia’s premier league of dining venues will serve special Festival Menus at very special Festival prices found only throughout the Festival month. Festival regulars will note that the “G” in MIGF used to stand for gourmet whereas today the initial stands for the far more all-encompassing Gastronomy.
“The word gastronomy reflects the evolution of the food scene in Kuala Lumpur,” says Dato’ Steve Day, Organising Chairman of MIGF and Taste MIGF. “When the Festival started 15 years ago, there were barely a dozen fine dining restaurants in KL and they were primarily based in hotels. Today we see hundreds of premium eateries all over the country serving every cuisine imaginable.” For more details, visit www.migf.com. TASTE MIGF Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September 2016 In line with the theme High Octane Chefs, Taste MIGF on the weekend of 24th-25th September promises a slew of exciting gastronomical activities for the whole family in a carnival-like atmosphere. Aside from the delicious food being served up in the Theatre of Cuisines, visitors to Taste MIGF can also shop at the Epicure International Gourmet Village, attend Master Chefs’ cooking classes and enjoy wine appreciation talks and a host of other informative workshops. At Taste MIGF, food lovers can exchange Gastro Dollars for sampling portions from Malaysia’s best restaurants in the specially created Theatre of Cuisines. Centre Stage is the Theatre of Cuisines which will be chock-full of attractions all weekend long! The star and centrepiece of these attractions will be daily cooking demonstrations by Chef Albert Au, a recipient of three Michelin stars with restaurants all over the world, who will be making a special stop in Malaysia just to be a part of the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival.
Super Gourmet Safari at the Theatre of Cuisines The Theatre of Cuisines will be open from 11am-10pm on both days of Taste MIGF, during which visitors can buy their Gastro Dollars and embark on a Super Gourmet Safari. This is where they get to sample culinary creations by some of the country’s best chefs as they serve up tasting portions from their Festival Menus. Taste portions are designed to be big enough to satisfy but small enough to allow people to try as many dishes as possible.
Get your Gastro Dollars First and Enjoy a Discount
To go on a Super Gourmet Safari, all visitors need do is purchase Gastro Dollars. Gastro Dollars that have been created for convenience, helping to minimise queues and delays as people do not have to wait for change. Gastro Dollars will be available on the day of the event itself but can also be pre-ordered online at a 5% discount and then collected at the venue later. Visit www.tastemigf.com for full pricing information.
Epicure International Gourmet Village
Visitors to Taste MIGF can shop at the Epicure International Gourmet Village where gourmet food and beverage vendors sell everything from fine wines to exquisite cheeses, as well as a wealth of mouth-watering delicacies from around the world. The Epicure International Gourmet Village will be open to the public from 11.00am to 10.00pm on both days of the explosive weekend.
Epicure Lifestyle Workshops
At the Epicure Lifestyle Workshops, appreciation workshops and cooking classes are conducted back to back, from noon until evening, on 24 and 25 September. The cooking classes are carried out by Festival Master Chefs and guest chefs from 5-star hotels while appreciation classes are facilitated by top notch experts in their respective fields, sharing their knowledge with visitors to Taste MIGF.
Taste MIGF 2016 will also feature the return of the LuxuryPlus Showcase – from high end art pieces and tableware to boutique scents and exotic getaways, the showcase highlights the finest luxurious lifestyle options.
MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL GASTRONOMY FESTIVAL
From 1-31 October, the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival proper begins, showcasing some of the best restaurants in the country. During this time, Special Festival Menus will be presented by each of the participating restaurants and are available at special Festival prices designed to make it easier than ever to experience the sumptuous food for which these venues have earned their reputations. The theme for this year’s Festival is High Octane Chefs – an apt title considering that the ever-popular Taste MIGF takes place on the weekend between the Singapore and Malaysian F1 Grand Prix races, during which the city is expected to be packed with international motoring enthusiasts.
Reflecting the evolution of the dining scene in Malaysia, MIGF now stands for the Malaysia International Gastronomy Festival and not the previous ‘Gourmet Festival’. Whereas premium dining was once limited to the usual staples in a few five-star hotels, restaurants of all types have sprang up over the years offering many types of dining experiences. This year’s lineup of participating restaurants is among the best and most diverse in the Festival’s 15-year history. The Olive, one of the signature outlets of Genting Highlands and winner of the coveted Golden Cauldron Award for Best All-Round Restaurant of MIGF 2015 returns with Chef Radzuan Hamzah once again cooking up sensational Western Continental creations. The Olive is accompanied by fellow Genting participant, LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge. Italian food has always been a mainstay on the Festival roster and this year, the much-loved cuisine is once again well represented with Marini’s on 57, Neroteca and Senja returning to the Festival fold alongside new entrant Savini Ristorante Italiano. MIGF favourite Dynasty, from Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, returns with some of the city’s finest Chinese offerings; while The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s Five Sen5es is also back after a two year hiatus, offering premium Cantonese fare. Berjaya Times Square Hotel’s Samplings On The Fourteenth Restaurant makes its fifth Festival appearance this year, serving up fine Western Classic fare, while Ruyi & Lyn are back to dazzle with their innovative Pan Asian cuisine.
On the French side, two new players make an appearance – 2OX, a charming French bistro located in The Row, and DC Restaurant, an exciting new restaurant helmed by Le Cordon Bleu award winning graduate Darren Chin A group of seafood specialists make their Festival debut, including Southern Rock Seafood Kitchen, Unique Seafood PJ23 and The Elite Seafood Restaurant. From Irish premium oysters to South African abalone, these eateries offer KL’s finest ocean treasures. Adding a dash of spice to the lineup is returning restaurant Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar, and newcomer Cinnamon, brightening up the spread with colourful Sir Lankan cuisine. For a taste of authentic home cooked Penang Nyonya cuisine, head to LHH Straits Chinese Kitchen which also makes its debut, along with traditional Malay restaurant Ketuhar and Dato’ Yaakob Fazley’s eatery, Suka Sucre Bistro. Authentic flavours from the Land of the Rising Sun can be had at new Japanese restaurant Yoshinari and if you fancy a spot of cricket with your meal, The Sticky Wicket might be just up your alley. Meanwhile, Imara Mediterranean Cuisine brings a blend of delights from countries including Greece, Lebanon, Cyprus, Spain and other countries surrounding the basin. Rounding off the list as we go to print, are the purveyors of premium steamboat at Yezi, where some of the capital’s most unique broths can be found, and premium steakhouse Pampas, located in the revamped cluster of old shop-houses now known as Old Malaya. For a full list of MIGF restaurants as they are announced, be sure to keep an eye on www.migf.com .
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