Kuching Festival still popular due to vendors’ creativity despite complaints over ‘high prices’, parking

Dr Sim speaks at the opening ceremony of Kuching Festival Fair 2022 held at MBKS Open Stage, Kuching Park last night (Aug 2, 2022).

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Aug 3: Despite complaints of being too ‘expensive’ or difficult to find parking, people still flock to the Kuching Festival, says Sarawak Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He explained that it is because Kuching Festival features many creative stalls, many of which are owned by young people.

“Some of these stalls only sell these food once a year. So if you miss this opportunity, you will have to come next year to have their food again,” he said when officiating at the Kuching Festival Fair 2022 held at Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Open Stage, Kuching Park last night (Aug 2).

Dr Sim, who is also Minister for Public Health, Housing and Local Government, further commented that not every vendor in the Kuching Festival Fair is selling their products to make a profit.

“Most are just passionate about food and want to share their creativity with the people of Sarawak. That is why they are here for one whole month.

“Even this year, you will find new types of food for sale such as fried durian, fried ice cream, and so on,” he added.

He also shared that some of the youth participating as vendors are university graduates or students who learned how to make food from YouTube.

Amongst those present were Sarawak Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Minister Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and wife Datin Zuraini Abdul Jabbar; Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Department (DBKU and Islamic Affairs) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi; Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng; and Kuching Festival 2022 organising chairman Cr Goh Tze Hui. — DayakDaily