KUCHING: Sarawak Gambir is among local products to be showcased at the Food and Cultural Fair to be held at Kuching Waterfront from Sept 6 to 8.
Event organising chairman Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais said the demand for the commodity had been great, especially among visitors from West Malaysia.
“Among the first few things these people (West Malaysians) look for on arriving here is where can they find Gambir Sarawak and, surprisingly, the buyers are not only men but also wives. So this time we are going to put up a Sarawak Gambir booth to promote the product throughout the fair coinciding with Sarawak Regatta,” Naroden disclosed.
The Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Development) told reporters this after chairing a committee meeting at Wisma Bapa Malaysia (WBM) in Petra Jaya here yesterday.
He said Sarawak Gambir was just one of the products to be showcased during the three-day food and cultural fair.
“Apart from gambir, various food menus will be showcased by entrepreneurs, including those from other states throughout the country. Each state will showcase its best menu,” he added.
He said most states have confirmed participation at the fair to be held at the waterfront in conjunction with the state’s golden anniversary celebration.
“Other events are handicraft promotion from Aug 30 to Sept 8 and the SDSI (Satu Daerah Satu Industri) showcase from Aug 6 to 8. We anticipate that the fair and exhibition will be an additional pull for people to converge at the waterfront to watch the regatta and other water events,” he said.
“Based on past record, we expect the programme to attract 200,000 to 300,000 people,” he said.
Naroden informed that visitors will be registered for the purpose of lucky draws on a daily basis as well as for the grand prize to be drawn on the last day.
The opening will be graced by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at 10am on Sept 7 while Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng is to officiate at the closing at 2.30pm on Sept 8.