Penang International Food Festival 2018
After the success of last year’s event, the Penang International Food Festival (PIFF) is back with a host of activities, demonstrations and, most importantly, the kind of food that has placed Penang firmly on the gastronomical map. As we all know, the influence of all the different cultures – colonial, Chinese, Indian, Arabic, Malay – was the foundation of Penang’s architecture and cuisine. From famed hawker fare to the new wave of contemporary cooking, the festival highlights them all. Cool venues abound and while you’re chowing down, enjoy cooking demos, street art, international buskers performing and fireworks at night. Here are a few events you can expect from PIFF 2018. Taste of Penang (TOP)All the best food from the island’s cafés and restaurants in one area, so you can literally try everything at once! Be entertained by live performances and get tips from the various cooking demonstrations. Date: Apr 21 & 22, 5-11pm Venue: Jalan Kelawai RM2 Mini Food FestivalWhat’s not to like about paying RM2 per dish? Food will be served in smaller portions, so you can have a taste of as many dishes as you like without feeling the pinch or falling into a food coma. This is a good excuse to venture out to the mainland and check out the funky street art at the Butterworth Art Walk. Date: Apr 23 & 24, 5-11pm Venue: Butterworth Art Walk, Lorong Bagan Luar Food Truck Invasion (FTI) Everyone loves a good food truck, so head to the Food Truck Invasion and check out 150 of them serving
Top 20 iconic hawker dishes
Historically and geographically, Penang is perfectly positioned to be one of the top places for street food in Asia. As one of the great entrepots of the region, the combination of the spice trade, colonialism and the myriad of cultures which settled here through the ages has given rise to a unique cuisine which is becoming renowned the world over. The number one priority for many visitors is to eat their way through the island and this list will give you a head start. Here are 20 classic hawker dishes in Penang – what they are and where you can get them.