Kuala Lumpur, 24th April 2012 – The Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) will organize its first Langkawi International LAKSA Carnival (LILAC) on the 25th-27th May 2012 in Laman Padi, Langkawi island. Laman Padi has been picked as the location for this inaugural event because of its unique position as the mostcomprehensive exhibition center displaying artifacts, charts, photographs as well as actual rice planting tools. The location of Laman Padi, which is only 10 minutes from the airport and within the vicinity of the island’s popular beach resorts, makes it the perfect location for LILAC
LILAC is hosted by Chef Wan, who has been dubbed as Malaysia’s icon for exceptional culinary skills. His passion and love for food has internationally introduced unique flavours of Malaysia cuisine to the world. With more than 25 years of experience, this multi award winning chef will also be the chief judge of the competitions held for the carnival along with other local celebrity chefs.
The three main competitions in conjuction with LILAC are ‘Laksa Making Competition‘, ‘Inter-School Culinary Competition‘. Call for entry for the ‘Laksa Making Competition’ will be officially open on 25th of April 2012 and is open to all Malaysian citizens. Participants for this competition will have to submit their best laksa recipe with a photograph of themselves with the finished product. The top 30 recipes will be displayed at the carnival, and will also be compiled into a ‘Laksa Cookbook’, which will be published by LADA. The winner of the competition will then be declared on the last day of the carnival and he will receive RM10,000 cash, a trophy, and he will be declared the Laksa Ambassador of the year 2012.
Culinary schools from around Malaysia will be invited to participate in the ‘Inter-School Culinary Competition‘. which will take place on Day 2 and Day 3 of the carnival. Schools will the best tasting, Best presentation and most efficient laksa making methods will receive RM 6,000 and a certificate of achievement.’Laksa Eating Competition’ will be opened to the general public during the three day carnival. Three compititions will be held per day, with cash prizes and LILAS goodies to be won.Competitions will be held and promoted virally through the Langkawi International Laksa Carnival website, Facebook page and Twitter. Other competitions will also be held through the LADA Facebook page as well.
“Laksa is a local delicacy known in Malaysia, and almost every state has its own intricate flavours which makes it exotic. Kedah itself is a haven for many mouth watering northern Malaysian delicacies but laksa is the most famous of the spread. There are many methods in cooking Laksa and each has its unique flavour to it,”said Chef Wan. When asked why he has chosen Laksa as the main dish for this carnival instead of other local delicacy, he cheerfully replied,”why not? Name me one dish that is significantly contending between other states of the same dish?Laksa!” Chief Excutive Office of LADA, Tan Sri Khalid Ramli said, “With Chef Wan, Malaysia’s Food Ambassador, we will be able to introduce to foreign tourists, the manu different cultures through LILAC and stage Langkawi as one of Malaysia’s top tourists’ attraction.
Local celebrity chefs will also support the event by conducting a live cooking demonstration of their favourite laksa dishes. The public can expect familiar names such as Chef Riz, Chef Shukri, Chef Daisy Lee, and Chef Zaidah, and other upcoming local chefs like Chef Khairul and Chef Chandran,Executive Chef of the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa. LILAC will also include internationa chefs such as Chef Garth Welsh (AU), Chef Michael Elfwing (SE), and Chef Frederic Cerchi (FR), who will also share their tips and recipes on this local delicacy. The event will freature a Laksa Garden, where visitors can visit the many stalss selling various types of laksa from Kelantan, Pahang, Perlis, Penang, Kedah, Johor, Thailand, etc. Other exciting activitoes are available for families and children.