Hainan carnival
The Hainanese Temple and Association was the focal point of the festivities.
MORE than 10,000 people flocked to the day-long Penang National Hainan Carnival on Muntri Street recently.

Organised by the Hainanese Temple and Association, in collaboration with the National Hainan Federation, the massive crowd was treated to authentic Hainanese fare which is legendary among Malaysian foodies.

The crowd was not disappointed with the food and other local samplings which contributed to a carnival-like atmosphere in the heritage enclave.

The carnival also attracted a large number of foreigners due to its proximity to the heritage zone.

Debbie Monk from New Zealand said it was a wonderful experience to walk around the 50-odd stalls displaying a large variety of local food, beverages, costume jewellery and handicrafts.

"I am particularly attracted by the aroma of the dishes and other food items which is simply delightful.

"It is a remarkable culinary experience for me as Penang is famous for its food worldwide," said Monk who was on vacation here with friends.

Carnival coordinator Goh Choo Kee said this was the first time the carnival was held in Penang and the turnout was a pleasant surprise.

"It is to showcase Hainanese culture and food which are popular with the public, as well as to raise funds to renovate SJK (C) Aik Hua.

"It is also to make those of Hainanese descent be more aware of their heritage and culture.

Other activities included a Penang heritage treasure hunt, sale of arts and craft, an exhibition on Hainanese culture and a live demonstration on Hainanese cooking.

The carnival was also supported by the Teochew, Hokkien and Hakka associations.

The association raised RM120,000 for the school from the carnival and donations from well-wishers.

SOURCE: nst.com.my

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