On 30 October 2008, the showcase event of MIGF 2008, the glittering Festival Gala Launch took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Putrajaya Marriott Hotel.
The Gala Launch was attended by some 2,000 guests including more than 100 foreign Ambassadors and journalists and food writers from around the world.
Officiating the fun-filled event were the Festival Royal Patron and Royal Guest of Honour, the Regent of Negeri Sembilan, DYMM Tunku Naquiyuddin Ibni Tuanku Ja’afar; Guest of Honour, the Honourable Minister of Federal Territories, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Zulhasnan Rafique; and the Festival Organising Chairman, YBhg Dato’ Steve Day.
Gliding into the candle-lit ballroom through an ethereal carpet of white balloons and a guard of honour made up of dancing chefs, guests were greeted to the wondrous sight of 28 beautiful, and imaginatively adorned, individual restaurant stations.
From these, each of the Festival Master Chefs and their teams served up exquisite gourmet samples from their Festival Menus. Live musicians, clowns, acrobats, dancers and magicians entertained the mingling guests throughout and added to the Gala Launch’s reputation as being ‘the party of the year’ – a wonderful preview of the Festival month to come.