Indonesian Culinary Festivities Amazed the Audiences in Vancouver
“I am certain that Taste of the Sea Event could boost the solidarity spirit among ASEAN Community in Vancouver, whilst strengthening three pillars of ASEAN, in particular the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.” Those were the some of the remarks highlighted by Acting Consul General of Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver as Chairperson representing ASEAN Consuls General in Vancouver (ACGV). The remarks was addressed during Taste of the SEA Event hosted by oleh The Center for Southeast Asia Research (CSAR) on January 26th, 2018 at University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver.
The event was previously known as “of Rice and Roots” held to promote socio-cultural activities by involving the UBC students and 5 Consulates from ASEAN countries. The activities adopted the summer market concept with various culinary, folk games and cultural performances from the countries of Southeast Asia (SEA). Beside Indonesia, other students representing Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore. The event managed to attract 250 visitors and add more festivities to the occasion.
The Indonesian Consulate adopt the theme of “West Sumatera” as shown by decoration of the booth, tourism destination brochures as well as the culinary served at the Indonesian booth. The Consulate’s staffs also dressed in traditional Sumatera’s garment. The Indonesian culinary served at the booth such as spicy casava chips, sweet sticky rice and sticky sarikaya rice considered delectable and became the favorites among the audiences.
The Consulate also involved its Indonesian Woman Association of the Indonesia Consulate to provide the culinary and also the Indonesian food vendor to provide goody bags of instant noodle to the visitors. Indonesian students of UBC incorporated into Gado-Gado Indonesian Students Association of UBC (GISAU) also lent its support to promote Indonesia in term of culinary and hosted the quiz about Indonesia.
The event progressed well, The Consulate also took the opportunity to dispensed survey about Indonesia and provided the consular services to verify the data of Indonesians domicile in Vancouver.