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Sleman to launch inaugural 'night cooking festival' in end-July

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The Jakarta Post

-  /  Sat, July 7, 2018  /  08:06 am
Sleman to launch inaugural 'night cooking festival' in end-July

Candi Banyunibo (Banyunibo Temple) in Yogyakarta is to be the venue of a new cooking festival, the Sleman Night Cooking Festival 2018, which organizers are claiming is the first cooking contest to be held under the stars. (Shutterstock/File)

Ever wonder how it might feel to cook under a night sky full of twinkling stars?

A cooking festival at Yogyakarta's Candi Banyunibo (Banyunibo Temple) offers such an experience for its participants.

The Sleman Night Cooking Festival 2018 is to be part of the Sleman Temple Run 2018 series of events, with the grand finale scheduled for July 28.

“This is the first night cooking festival in Indonesia, with the largest prize,” Sleman Tourism Agency head Sudarningsih told Antara.

Groups of five contestants each will compete for the top prize of Rp 20 million (US$1,389), as well as Rp 10 million for the first runner-up and Rp 5 million for the second runner-up. Moreover, spectators will be able to vote for their favorite team, which will receive a Rp 3 million prize.

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“The team will be divided into general, student and horeka [hotel, restaurant, café] categories,” said Agung, a member of the event committee. He added that the concept behind the Sleman Night Cooking Festival was different from other cooking contests, as it focused on quality, taste and the economic value of the food's packaging.

“What’s the use of being able to cook delicious food if the public doesn't know about it and it's not available for purchase?” said Agung. “Therefore, we are also requiring healthy foods and interesting packaging in the competition."

Ten teams will be selected in each category during the qualifying stage, which has seen dozens of teams sign up. “So far, 70 groups have registered, and registration is still open until July 16,” Agung said.

He stated that the cooking competition required the dishes to feature kecombrang (torch ginger) as the star ingredient. “In the final stage, [the theme] will be Mataram traditional cuisine presenting serundeng [coconut flakes] and gudeg manggar [coconut bud stew] as the main courses,” said Agung.

Those who are interested in joining the cooking contest can register at Mataram City Walk on Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar, or via WhatsApp chat at +6285848477858. (wir/mut)