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Over 40,000 visit Asian Food Festival at Urban Village & Factory Phnom Penh

Over 20,000 people visited the ‘Asian Food
Festival’ held for two days from August 20 to 21 at Urban Village and Factory
Phnom Penh, where over 150 booths displayed food, beverages and souvenirs from
the region. The entry was free.

The fair, held from 10am to 8pm, aimed to
raise awareness among the public on sustaining the local businesses affected by
the Covid-19 crisis and to promote the food and culture from various parts of
Asia.

The stalls served Khmer, Korean, Chinese,
Japanese, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and other delicacies from the
Asian region to the delight of the weekend crowd.

While terming the fair a great success,
Catherine Chan, Founder and Executive Director of Urban Village & Factory
Phnom Penh, said, “It was indeed a great honour for us to host a major Asian
food fair in Phnom Penh, where we wanted to showcase Cambodia’s diverse
culinary culture.”

“We were also keen to give local businesses
the opportunity to showcase and sell their products, thereby boosting the
economy and promoting tourism in Cambodia,” she added.

Apart from catering to their taste buds,
the festival also treated the visitors to a variety of entertainment including
Khmer dance forms such as horse locust dance, Koh Angre dance and theatre
performances by Funan Arts School. Lucky draws and fireworks were added
attractions.

The venue also featured dance forms from
Japan, China and Korea, especially K-Pop, enhancing the charm of the festive
atmosphere.

According to Sieng Sreypech, the programme manager, the fair introduced the
public to a variety of Asian cuisine. “Not just the food, but it was a great
stage to showcase the culture of the country. The programme also helped the
local businesses,” Sieng said.

Source: Over 20,000 visit Asian Food Festival – Khmer Times (khmertimeskh.com)