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Indonesia to promote cuisine in Australia's Spring Festival 2017


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Jakarta  /  Thu, September 14, 2017  /  07:01 pm
Indonesia to promote cuisine in Australia's Spring Festival 2017

Mostly based on beef, the popular 'rendang' can be combined into both modern and traditional dishes. (Shutterstock/-)

Indonesian food is set to be promoted at the upcoming Spring Festival 2017 in Araluen Botanic Park in Perth, Western Australia, that will run on weekends from September 30 to October 1.

“The festivity of Spring Festival 2017 is estimated to attract more than 100,000 Australians who seek to marvel at tulip flowers while enjoying spring at Araluen. We are there to promote the beauty of Indonesia,” said Tourism Ministry's deputy minister for overseas promotion I Gde Pitana.

Pitana said the ministry would highlight the 10 Priority Destinations through culinary and traditional art performances at the event.

Among the Indonesian delicacies set to be presented there are soto ayam (chicken aromatic soup), konro from Makassar, rendang (beef simmered in coconut milk), bebek betutu (Bali-style fried duck), Javanese grilled chicken, telor balado (eggs with spicy chili sauce) and udang goreng sambal balado (fried prawns in spicy chili sauce).

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Araluen Botanic Park in Perth welcomes many visitors during springtime who seek to enjoy the Springtime festival that exhibits tulips.

“The event will also host the Araluen Folk Festival that showcases various traditional art performances from different countries, including Indonesia,” said the ministry's deputy assistant for Asia-Pacific tourism promotion Vinsensius Jemadu.

The ministry is said to bring members of Malang Flower Carnival to the event. The Indonesian booth itself will feature 16 representatives dressed in traditional costumes who will hand out brochures to visitors. Interested customers can directly purchase a tour package at the booth.  

“Australia is one of our main markets. The number of Australians coming to Indonesia has been increasing in the past five years. In 2014, the number reached 1,145,576 people,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, adding that he is hopeful that 1.8 million visitors from the total target of 15 million foreign tourists in 2017 will be from Australia. (kes)

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