PIFF is an annual food festival that gathers Penang’s most delectable culinary treats all in a specific place for a few days.
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Penang is known to be a culinary paradise for its multicultural and colourful food for both locals and tourists. Penang has also been touted as Asia’s Next Great Foodie City by Condé Nast Traveler. That’s why they’ve been doing their Penang International Food Festival every year.
This festival starts with street food!
They’re kicking off their opening weekend with the Street Food Festival on 20 & 21 August at the Design Village Outlet Mall from 5 pm to 11 pm.
This year is the first time they’re doing it on the mainland as they aim to shine a spotlight there, in line with the Penang State Government’s “Opposite Side of the Island – Seberang Perai” campaign and Penang 2030 vision.
Visitors can also stop by exciting tourist attraction spots in Seberang Perai like the idyllic fishing village of Pulau Aman, the charming agro-theme park Kampung Agong, and also the Penang International Container Art Festival’s (PICAF) container art installations in Batu Kawan.
This Street Food Festival will gather around 80 hawkers from the mainland and island to serve the state’s authentic must-eats street food.
Imagine food like Char Koay Teow, Assam Laksa, Pasembur, Putu Bambu, Otak-otak, Mee Sotong, Apom Balik, Satay, Mee Ketam, Ikan Bakar and plenty more yummy street treats! You’re drooling now, aren’t you? Don’t forget to bring containers to tapao everything!
In addition, they also have some exciting highlights lined up for you like the barbeque corner, a photo booth, live performances, a funfair and also a firework display.
For those island people that do not wanna go through the traffic jam on the bridge, you can get on a free shuttle bus service at the Queensbay Mall. The busses will take you to Design Village Outlet Mall starting from 4.30 pm till 11.30 pm (every hour) on those two days.
It ends with a modern twist on Penang’s delicacies
Along the weekdays, multiple mini-festivals will be held at multiple places.
They will end the event glamorously with another major festival at Jalan Kelawai called the Taste of Penang starting from 5 pm to 11 pm on the 27 and 28 of August.
This one is all about showcasing Penang’s modern food scene where favourite F&Bs like cafes, restaurants and hotels will unveil their cuisines at Jalan Kelawai. From Instagrammable dishes to trendy coffee, this festival will feature the best food experience our contemporary foodscape has to offer.
They’ll also have picnic spots, live performances, hotel F&B showcase as well as cafe & restaurant showcases for you to enjoy.
Lots of places, lots of food
Unlike last year (a two-week event), PIFF 2022 will run for only about a week starting from the 20th of August to the 28th at multiple places in Penang. They have plenty of programs from the major festivals on the weekends to the mini-festivals on the weekdays.
Here are some of the events:
- 20 – 21 Aug – Street Food Festival (Design Village Outlet Mall)
- 22 Aug – Picnic @ Roof Garden (SPICE Rooftop Garden)
- 23 Aug – Gertak Sanggul Food Truck Rally (Gertak Sanggul Beach)
- 24 Aug – Mini Curry Festival (Komtar Walk)
- 25 Aug – Thirsty Tuesday (Hin Bus Depot)
- 26 Aug – RM2 Mini Food Festival (Dataran Pemuda Merdeka)
- 27 Aug – Santai Morning (Tropical Spice Garden)
- 27 – 28 Aug – Taste of Penang (Jalan Kelawai)
Mark your calendars, people!
They also have cooking classes available for those interested to make Assam Laksa, Roti Jala and more.
For more details on their event schedule, visit here.