It is a pleasure to welcome back the Malaysia International Gourmet
Festival 2008 for its 8th successive appearance and, as always, it
is a great honour for me to be the Royal Patron of this prestigious
It is heartening to have watched this wonderful festival grow
from humble beginnings in 2001, to the internationally recognised
and award winning event it is today. The calibre of participating
restaurants, the extensive media coverage, the range of activity and
the sheer fun of it all have contributed in building up what is now a
remarkable reputation over the years.
As all of you know, these are challenging times on the world
front and the current bleak economic climate does not augur well
for the food and beverage industry. This is why I am so pleased to see
so many Festival restaurants pulling together in a collective effort to
boost a sector that is so important to the economy of the country.
As in past years, we hope that Tourism Malaysia will lend their
support to the Festival now that the Malaysia International Gourmet
Festival has taken its place as one of the premier food festivals of the
world. The spin offs are immense especially in the way the Festival
helps raise industry standards given the context of the country’s
growing reputation as a preferred Meetings, Incentives, Conventions
and Exhibitions destination.
In closing, I think it is important to mention that apart from
attracting revenues and creating jobs, a healthy dining scene has
many intangible effects too. Not only does it add to our overall
quality of life it also emphasises Malaysia’s position as a safe and
sophisticated place in which to reside, make a second home, take
holidays or even base a new corporate headquarters in.
On that note, I wish to congratulate the Organisers for their sterling
efforts in bringing us the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival
2008. To the participant restaurants and Festival diners, I truly look
forward to joining you in experiencing some memorable cuisine.
Happy dining & bon appétit!
Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja’afar
DYMM Tuanku Pemangku Yang DiPertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan
Royal Patron, The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival