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17.02.2017_BRUNEI GASTRONOMY WEEK LAUNCH IN BELAIT

OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF BRUNEI GASTRONOMY WEEK IN BELAIT – SHOWCASING THE BEST OF BELAIT

  1. Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism has launched the first Brunei Gastronomy Week in Kuala Belait on the 15th February 2017 at Keoja Hotel.  Officiating the launching of the Brunei Gastronomy Week was The Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong. Also present at the official launching ceremony were Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Brunei Tourism Board Members, Restaurants, Hoteliers, and Travel Agencies based in Kuala Belait and Seria. Certificate of participation were given by the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism to two representatives of participating agencies from Kuala Belait namely Keoja Hotel and V-Plaza Hotel during the launching ceremony
  1. The objective of the event is to celebrate Brunei and create an awareness in also in Belait community on the Bruneian Cuisine; to encourage more hotels and restaurants there to serve the Bruneian cuisines in a more sophisticated way; to further improve on the taste and elevate the presentation of Bruneian dishes to be served as part of a fine dining experience or at receptions held within or outside the country; to provide a unique Bruneian gastronomical experience to visitors within or outside Brunei.
  1. The highlight of this Brunei Gastronomy Weeks is to promote the Brunei Bamboo Chicken as an authentic Bruneian delicacy showcasing Brunei's culinary diversity and creating awareness to Brunei's expansive gastronomy.
  1. In total, there are 15 participating hotels and restaurant and as partners and Royal Brunei Airlines will also be serving Brunei Cuisines during the National Day on the Regional Flights.   Participating restaurants will be promoting their own signature dishes, whereby Brunei cuisines are served as the highlight of the buffet or Ala Carte menu.  The participating agencies for the Brunei Gastronomy Week includes D'Anggerek Serviced Apartment, Charcoal BBQ and Grill Restaurant, MyTown Restaurant, Orchid Garden Hotel, Keoja Hotel, Radisson Hotel, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Brunei Catering - Seasons Restaurant, Tarindak d'Seni, Tarindak d'Polo, The Brunei Hotel, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, The Empire Hotel and Country Club, The Rizqun International Hotel, URBN Kitchen and V-Plaza Hotel
  1. Royal Brunei Airlines and Travel Agencies are also involved in packaging the program for visiting tourists who are currently visiting the country.
  1. In addition, cuisines served during the Gastronomy week will also take part in a rating program.  The program will be judged by several criteria by a few appointed judges. Judges will be sampling the dishes served at the various participating hotels and restaurants and the winners will be announced at the Tourism Industry Award ceremony which is expected to be held tentatively in April 2017.  
  1. This is the first time the Ministry has organized Brunei Gastronomy Week whereby it is not just about the promotion of local cuisine to the be elevated to a higher standard and served as part of the fine dining experience or at cocktail receptions held within or outside the country, but to also encourage the youth to take a keen interest and excel in the area of culinary.  The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism through the Tourism Development Department  will work closely with the relevant agencies such as the Manpower Planning Council, Educational institutions, Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE)  to support Bruneians who are driven and passionate in the culinary industry, and want to further excel and gain international experience in order to achieve world class recognition
  1. The event was supported by the Brunei Association of Hotels, CHMP Media, Borneo Bulletin, Media Permata, Association of Travel Agents Brunei and Royal Brunei Airlines.
View more event photos at MPRT Facebook

For further information, please contact the Tourism Development Department at (673) 2382 822 or email at info@tourism,gov.bn

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