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Thousands flock to pork festival in Semarang

Suherdjoko

The Jakarta Post

Semarang, Central Java  /  Thu, January 26, 2017  /  03:07 pm
Thousands flock to pork festival in Semarang

Signs that the festival serves pork meals can be found throughout the venue at Sri Ratu shopping mall's parking area on Jl. Pemuda. (JP/Suherdjoko)

To celebrate Chinese New Year, locally known as Imlek, a variety of pork dishes are being offered at a one-week culinary festival in Semarang, Central Java, until Sunday.

Signs that the festival serves pork meals can be found throughout the venue at Sri Ratu shopping mall's parking area on Jl. Pemuda.

The festival's committee head, Firdaus Adinegoro, told The Jakarta Post that up to 2,000 visitors had visited the place since its opening day on Monday. "[Popularity of the festival] is the same as last year. The event was named Pork Festival, but this year we changed it to Festival Kuliner Imlek [Imlek Culinary Festival] but the menus are the same," he added.

(Read also: Pork Festival changes name to Imlek Culinary Festival following protests)

A visitor reads a menu at one food stall.(JP/Suherdjoko)

Many ethnic Chinese families can be found dining at the rows of tables inside a huge tent. "I ordered babi geprek [flattened fried pork] and babi panggang kriuk [roasted pork with a crispy garnish]," said one of the visitors, Haryanto.

The price of the dishes start at Rp 25,000 (US$1.87).

Firdaus said that many visitors came from outside the city. "They are holidaymakers who want to celebrate Imlek in Semarang." (kes)

(Read also: Muslim organizations protest pork festival in Semarang)

Many ethnic Chinese families can be found dining at the rows of tables inside a huge tent.(JP/Suherdjoko)

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