The festival with the theme “New traditional: look good, taste good” is one of the flagships in 100 events of the wonderful tour of Indonesia launched by the Ministry of Tourism. For this Festival, the organizers always hold this event every May for each year at Banda Aceh City. This culinary festival event is one of the efforts and commitments of the Aceh Government to support the development of Aceh as Halal Tourism Destination.
Aceh Culture and Tourism Office says that more than 100 culinary businesspeople, observers, and community lovers participate in the annual activity to preserve the culinary culture of Aceh. The participants will create innovative menus that combine Aceh’s taste with the various culinary elements of the world. A number of famous chefs will show their ability of innovation and creation in cultivating a typical Aceh culinary into a dish that has a more premium appearance with the concept of fine dining. In addition to traditional Acehnese menus, this festival also pays special attention to the fusion food of Aceh with various culinary from all over the world. 36 tenants will offer innovative Aceh menu in the Fusion Food Market zone where it is the largest capacity in Aceh Culinary Festival for this year.
In this zone, the visitors can enjoy a variety of taste innovations such as Leughok cheese, Pie asoe kaya, kimbap sunti, roti/bread canai Kuah/sauce, Pliek U, fried rice, coffee, smoothie bowl pisang/banana thok, sushi engkottumeh, klapertart boh Nipah, and various culinary delights. In addition, there are 30 typical tenants of Aceh in the Aceh Traditional Market Zone; 12 of them serve typical snacks in the Archipelago Delight Zone; 12 tenants of coffee, chocolate, and fresh drinks, 10 tenants of a hawker, and 12 tenants of association hobby community and culinary observers.
This three-day festival will be more cheerfully colored with the performance of various Acehnese art performances, talented Indonesian singers and songwriters and Fusion Ethnic music group whose work has reached the Java Jazz stage. The Festival of Culinary of Aceh in this year is expected to be a catalyst in the culinary industry in Aceh so that the richness of local flavor can be a major host in its own region. This refers to the rapid development of culinary trends dominated by international food.