The 18th Sabah Hospitality Fiesta promises another delicious and exciting battle among the best hospitality players in the industry. This year’s theme, “Sayang Kinabalu”, was chosen as an expression of love and endless support for the State of Sabah. This Fiesta will also be a wonderful platform to showcase our diverse culinary heritage not only to for the locals but for our tourists as well.
This year’s event is spearheaded by Hasnaffina Hasnar, Sutera Harbour Resort’s Director of Events and is set to take place on 24 & 25 October 2015 at Karamunsing Shopping Mall with a closing ceremony at The Magellan Sutera Resort Grand Ballroom.
This year’s two-day fiesta will see a record-breaking 303 participations in a hospitality battle among Sabah’s best. This includes 233 hotel participations and 70 entries from colleges in Sabah including 4 from Negeri Sembilan, 2 from Sarawak as well as 11 from Labuan. Last year’s event saw 252 participants.
The Sabah Hospitality Fiesta was first initiated in 1997 by the students of Asian Tourism International College (ATIC), previously known as Asian Tourism Institute, under the supervision of their lecturers. To re-energise the tourism and hospitality industry in Sabah, the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Sabah/Labuan Chapter joined forces with ATIC to co-organise the event in 2006. To date, the Sabah Hospitality Fiesta has become one of the most anticipated events in Sabah and is listed as one of Sabah’s annual events in the calendar of Sabah Tourism Board.
As an annual event, this fiesta is a display of the high standards of passion and commitment of the hospitality players not only in Sabah but from other parts of Malaysia as well. It is also a great opportunity for the participants to showcase their skills and talents in their respective fields while promoting the spirit of camaraderie among them.
A new category called the Stewarding Race will be introduced in the Professional Category this year. This event is to encourage the Stewarding staffs to participate and show their ability and speed in clearing a set-up table. The other 13 Professional Categories includes Decorated Wedding Cake, Pastry Showpiece, Seafood Platter, Meat Platter, Individual Fruit & Vegetable Carving, Bartender Flair: Cocktail, Nescafe Tarik Competition, Blackbox: Commis-Demi, Blackbox: CDP-Sous, Blackbox: Modern Chinese Cuisine, Table Setting and Professional Bed Making.
Under the Apprentice segment, a Decorated Theme Cake Category will be included for a team of two participants. They will be judged based on presentation and general impression, suitability in complementing food display as well as their technique and degree of difficulty. The Apprentice category will see four other competitions namely the Individual Fruit & Vegetable Carving, Bartender Flair: Cocktail, Blackbox: Apprentice and Table Setting.
The competitions will be judged by invited international judges from renowned hotels and colleges as well as Chefs from MAH.
The Launching of the 18th Sabah Hospitality Fiesta will be held on the first day of the event, which is on Saturday, 24 October 2014 with YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun as the Guest of Honour. Another programme included on that day is the Hawker Street Fiesta Charity Drive which opens from 10.00am to 6.30pm. Several hotels including Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Horizon Hotel, The Pacific Sutera Hotel as well as Asian Tourism Institute College, Sailor’s Cafe and a few local food manufacturers are taking part in this bazaar.
Bazaar coupon is available at RM25.00 per booklet. The public are encouraged to come and support this bazaar as all proceeds will be channelled to two beneficiaries namely the Sabah Cheshire Home and Persatuan Malim Gunung Kinabalu.
The sponsors for the 18th Sabah Hospitality Fiesta are Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Environment Sabah, Kota Kinabalu City Hall, Nestle Products Sdn Bhd, MyGaz Sdn Bhd, Likas Flora Sdn Bhd, Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa, Gayana Eco Resort and Karamunsing Shopping Mall.
Ps: Sutera Harbour Resort will be sending a team of 36 participants to join in the 18th Sabah Hospitality Fiesta – come and show your support!
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