Thursday, May 15, 2008

Midsummer Nights Feast @ Starhill Gallery (11 July - 20 July 2008)

I was invited via Food Street Malaysia to Starhill on 13 May recently for the media conference on Midsummer Nights Feast. A 10 day Gourmet Festival starting from 11 July – 20 July will see Feast Village at Starhill Gallery transform into a gourmand's paradise. With Middle Eastern, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Malay, Western, Peranakan and Nyonya specialties to choose from, be prepared for a true taste adventure and indulgence in fine cuisine.

What's unique about this festival is that diners will also be entertained not only through their taste buds but also visually with theatrical performances in collaboration with The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac).

The list of the participating restaurants are as follows : -

Enak KL
Fishermans’s Cove
Jake's Charbroil Steaks
Luk Yu Tea House
My Thai
Pak Loh Chiu Chow
Sentidos Tapas

After a speech and slide presentation by Ms Steffanie Chua, General Manager of Starhill Gallery, the media were given a food presentation tour and food tasting to give us an insight as to what's in store for diners during the festival. The food tasting session turned out to be a feast loaded with scrumptious goodies. They were all so delicious but if I had to pick, my favourite of the evening was the Roast Wagyu Rump Steak!


Roast Wagyu Rump Steak - Shook!
Roast Wagyu Rump Steak from Shook!

We were also treated to some lovely desserts (I loved the fruit tartlets!) and given three cupcakes in cute carrier boxes as door gifts. Jackie Chan's Cafe was also on hand for those who needed a cup to further perk them up for an end to a wonderful evening.




Coffee from Jackie Chan's Cafe

Here are some highlights to look out for during Midsummer Nights Feast.

11 July 2008 Friday
5 p.m. - 7 p.m Opening Ceremony Of Midsummer Nights Feast

7 p.m – 12 a.m Opening Gala Dinner for Midsummer Nights Feast with Midsummer Night Ballet Performance by KLPac

12 July 2008 Saturday

7 p.m – 12 a.m. Night of Eastern & Oriental Express

Diners will experience the world class cuisine served on the legendary Eastern & Oriental Express in Shook! Led by YTL Group Executive Chef Kevin Cape. Agatha Christie’s novel “Murder On the Oriental Express” will be staged on that night and diners will have a chance to walk away with 2 train tickets for Eastern & Oriental Express for finding the “murderer”.

YTL Group Executive Chef Kevin Cape
YTL Group Executive Chef Kevin Cape

There will also be local and international Celebrity Chefs making their appearances and conducting Master Chef Classes too. Chef Bobby Chinn, well known celebrity chef will be preparing a special menu at Shook! and will conduct a Master Chef Class. Chef Stephen Mercer will be specially flying in all the way from Australia to create a special menu at Fishermans’s Cove and conducting a Master Chef Class too. Chef Ismail who is the Food Ambassador for Malaysian Kitchen will be in action with creating authentic Malaysian food with “Balik Kampung Night” on 18 July 2008.

Prawn Delight from Enak KL

Master Chefs from Feast Village will also be demonstrating and showcasing their culinary skills, sharing their secret recipes and tips during this 10 day festival.

15 July 2008 Tuesday
10 a.m – 1 p.m. Launch of Feast Village Junior

Junior members of our society will be educated on “What Is Good Nature's Food” and participate in exciting activities relating to food.

16 & 17 July 2008 Wednesday & Thursday
Kids between the age of 7 – 12 will have a hands-on experience on decorating cup cakes and learn the different types of meat cuts and the art of beef tasting.

3 p.m. Venue : Shook! - Chef Judith

4 p.m. Venue : Jake's Charbroil Steaks – Mr Vincent Lau

16 July 2008 Wednesday
7 p.m. - 12 a.m. Organic Night – There will be a special menu using organic and non-genetic modified produce as key ingredients.

20 July 2008 Sunday
7 p.m. - 12 a.m. The Grand Harvest Finale! Diners can enjoy world class cuisines from 12 different restaurants at Feast Village, offering over 50 choices of cuisines – all at one price with a “Gourmet Safari” pass at RM200 nett per person. One word of advice, “COME HUNGRY!”

Mushroom Risotto with Duck Confit
Mushroom Risotto with Duck Confit


Japanese range - Shook!
Japanese range from Shook!

Pink Pepper Crusted Tuna - Sentidos Tapas
Pink Pepper Crusted Tuna from Sentidos Tapas

Sashimi - Jogoya
Sashimi from Jogoya

Sliced duck roll with asparagus, carrot & chinese parsley - Pak Loh Chiu Chow

Sliced duck roll with asparagus, carrot and chinese parsley from Pak Loh Chiu Chow

Culinary Discovery Passes are available for any dinner where a booking for 9 persons will be entitled to a complimentary pass for 10 persons at only RM1,800 nett. A10-Day VIP Passport will be exclusively available to YTL Platinum Plus members with special price privileges. This event is truly a celebration of LIFE. For reservations and further enquiries, kindly call 603-2782 3882.

(Information and details are correct at the time of writing - from Starhill Gallery's Fact Sheet)


Precious Pea said... lost in the colourful sea of yummy looking food!!!!! I bet my Hubby would love the wagyu steak too, in fact, he told me yesterday over our bland dinner (i sick marr) that he is longing for a piece of steak...wagyu steak to be exact!

jason said...

Waaaah... so pretty! But the dinner pass quite pricey leh :(
Maybe my boss will be interested in this :)

Lianne said...

OMG, Bobby Chinn conducting master class?! i want to go see Bobby Chinn!

Kenny Mah said...

Wowzers. Now THIS is what I'd call a smörgåsbord! Every imaginable flavour under the sun and then some...

Wah, macam ni I also want to be food blogger oso!

*looks at expanding waistline*

On second thoughts... I guess I'll have to hit the gym twice as hard as I hit the makan table hor? :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wah..the life of a famous food blogger turned official media?..more pictures!!

Henry Yeo said...

booked my dates already.

Nic (KHKL) said...

O_O ... O_O ... O_O

i'm absolutely 'O_O ed' by the spread.

oh, very nice pics as well! O_O

J2Kfm said...

wow, your amazing photography skills+the colourful array of delicious lookers makes me drool ... you are so lucky! :)

team bsg said...

have you been taking steroids lately ? Why your pixs now have so much muscles and power ? must be careful you know with this kind of things. also legal or not this boosters ?

Glorious Jade said...

mmmmm........still dreaming of that wagyu beef! will try it out someday with the tips given by the chef!

wonda said...

Each one is so unique, colourful and looks appetising. Envy you!

Mama BoK said...

I think i need to come home and be food blogger.. :) all the privileges.. ahhhh..!! envy..!

Anonymous said...

are you going with your friends? what a visual treat as well! Great job on the presentation of pics-mp

Keropok Man said...

wow wow wow!
so much food!

Looks like its time to visit KL!

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

glorious photos!

wmw said...

Precious P : you and hubby know where to go!

Jason : Get your boss to treat you for sharing this info. Hahaha....

lianne : I guess you're going to this Festival then!

Kenny : times you of all people can throw caution to the wind when it comes to eating!

Joe : Huh? Famous food blogger? I think you got the wrong person lah!

Henry Yeo : Which event are you going for?

Nic : Hahaha...thanks O_O!

j2kfm : Thanks for the compliment...:o)

Team BSG : farnee lah you guys. Legal camera???

Hazza said...

That would be a feast to the stomach as well as for the eyes.. I was really enjoying this blog until I saw the price at the end! Wow.. that money would feed some families for a whole year!

New Kid on the Blog said...

only 1 word could describe... WOW!

ling239 said...

i want the Roast Wagyu Rump Steak from Shook! >.<"

Timothy Low said...

Wow, that is a very loooooong post! Anyway, as usual .. your photos are just so incredible. I could almost taste it ... yeah ....

a feast, everyday said...

WOW!! a real feast for the eyes. fantastic pics!!

Sze said...

damn, how do you get invited to these things? :)

Big Boys Oven said...

this is incredible festival!

JeromeFo令狐冲 said...

Omg~! How i wish i could be there also.All the pictures look like very high class =)

Bernsy said...

i cannot imagine you eating all of that, even a spoonful to taste .... wow!!!

For photos were just simply magnificent

wmw said...

Glorious J : Don't forget to invite me!

Wonda & mamabok: Aiyah...don't say like that lah :o) Come, can start food blogging.

Anonymous : Thanks...who's goes there??? Mrs Pitt?

keropok man : You coming over for this event?

Terri : Thanks for the compliment.

hazza : At RM180 per head....don't think can feed family for whole year lah...KL, inflation rate is crazy!

NKOTB : Yes, it was a "WOW" event alright.

ling239 : Oh, yes. My fave, done medium and no blood in sight! Hehehe...

timothy : I think I've written longer ones. Thanks!

a feast, everyday : Looks like just the kinda of post for you (a feast) :o). Thank you!

sze : I dunno! Hahaha...

BBO : Yes it was, going?

jeromefo : You coming here to feast? Thanks for dropping by.

bernsy : I didn't eat ALL of that. Couldn't possibly, there were actually more food than those shown in my blog.

Anna Chew said...

So unfair, send me yummy images just before i knock off. Now the wagyu will be chasing me all over my dreams...

(Still burping from the mussels at Brussel Sprouts - tell you bout it when I'm back)