ASEAN FOOD AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL (AFCF) 2018
Brasilia-DF. The Embassy of Indonesia in Brasilia-DF along with six other embassies of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), namely the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam as the ASEAN Committee in Brasilia (ACB), held the ASEAN Food and Cultural Festival (AFCF) 2018 on 23 June 2018.
This year, the Indonesian Embassy reprised its role as the host for AFCF 2018 after hosting the previous event in 2017. Around a thousand visitors came, who enthusiastically stay tuned for cultural performances and flocked to the stands selling typical food and handicrafts of the region, also culture and tourism promotion.
For this edition of culinary promotion, Indonesia showcased a number of snacks and dishes from its various regions, such as tahu telur (a dish made with tofu and egg with peanut sauce dressing); onde-onde (sweet fried balls made with glutinous rice flour with mung bean paste filling); putu ayu (steamed rice flour cake topped with shredded coconut); pastel (savory fried pastry with vegetable filling); bolu sarang semut (caramel cake); dadar gulung (rolled pancake with sweet coconut filling); es campur (iced fruit cocktail); mie bakso (meatball soup); and rendang (spicy beef stew) served with nasi jaha (rice cooked in bamboo with coconut milk and herbs). Moreover, Indonesia also exhibited bridal outfits according to Minangkabau and Sundanese customs and interacted with visitors and asked them to join the popular line dance to the tune of “Gemu Fa Mi Re" song, often referred as “Goyang Maumere" (Maumere dance).
Since its inaugural event after the establishment of the ACB in February 2013, the AFCF has become an annual event which the Brazilian public waits for every year. Visitors would excitedly look at the cultural presentations; hunt for Southeast Asian handicrafts; and explore the region's culinary riches; the interest has consistently increased each year. Thus, the AFCF also serves as a proper means to promote Indonesia through the ACB, especially in acquainting the Brazilian public to the rich cultural and culinary it has to offer.