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Penang International Food Festival 2018

Head to the island pronto for one of the best food festivals in Asia.

by / Published: 19 Apr 2018

Penang International Food Festival 2018
Photo: Penang International Food Festival/Facebook

Think of Penang and what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Food, heritage and culture – most probably in that order! If it’s food you’re after, the Penang International Food Festival (PIFF) – Apr 14-29 – is a celebration of all things gastronomic from one of the most interesting islands in the world. Street food here is legendary and the result of centuries of history and culture. From its days as a British colony and major trading port to the combination of different ingredients and cooking techniques courtesy of the Malay, Indian and Chinese people who settled there, it’s always been about the food. 

The food scene is Penang is dominated by hawker dishes, but there’s also an innovative upcoming movement of contemporary fusion cuisine. The PIFF’s aim is to highlight everything Penang has to offer in terms of food, from the best street stalls and food trucks to quirky venues and the new wave of cooking. Here are some events you can expect from this highly anticipated festival.

Taste of Penang (TOP)
All the best food from the island’s cafés and restaurants will be available on one of the most famous roads in Penang. For two days, indulge in an amazing array of dishes, and watch cooking demonstrations and other live performances. 
Date: 21 & 22 Apr, 5pm-11pm 
Venue: Jalan Kelawai

Photo: Penang International Food Festival/Facebook

RM2 Mini Food Festival
Don’t miss out on this mini festival held at the Butterworth Art Walk on the mainland, which is famous for its funky street art. Everything served will cost RM2 (reason enough to go!) and will be served in smaller portions, which means you can literally eat your way through the festival without feeling guilty!
Date: 23 & 24 Apr, 5pm-11pm 
Venue: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar

Food Truck Invasion (FTI) 
For two days, 150 food trucks from all over Malaysia and the region will converge for what could be the biggest food truck event of its kind ever. The choice of food will be staggering at this food truck foodie heaven so be sure to come prepared to eat… a lot! There will also be international buskers’ performances and fireworks at night. 
Date: 28 & 29 April, 5pm-11pm 
Venue: Design Village Outlet Mall, Batu Kawan 

Photo: Penang International Food Festival/Facebook

Dining Experiences 
Experience dining in three very different venues and themes – on the water on board a renowned icon of Penang, the ferry; in a heritage zone at gēn, a contemporary eatery located in a traditional shophouse; and under the stars on the 68th level of The Top in KOMTAR. These three experiences will be held on 25, 26 and 27 April respectively and are priced at RM168nett per person. 
Date: 25 April, 8pm-11pm; 26 April, 6pm-10pm; 27 April, 6pm-10pm
Venue: Penang Island Ferry Terminal; gēn; The TOP

For more information and details, head to PIFF's website or Facebook page.


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