Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

Standing at the lobby of Metropole Hotel where my friends are checked-in, the hotels’ marketing manager asked about our travel plans for the day.  We looked at each other and answered “None.”  He then suggested that we try the Macau Food Festival and without any hesitation, we heeded the call.

Celebrated at the same time as the world-famous Macau Grand Prix, this is actually the 15th edition of the festival.  The event is organized by the United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macao and is set up at the Sai Van Lake Square from the 13th to 29th of November 2015.

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
THE LANDMARK FOR THE FESTIVAL
The Sai Van Lake Square is easy to locate as it is situated beside the iconic Macau Tower, known for bungee jumping.  In our case, we just took the free shuttle bus from the City of Dreams Hotel direct to the Macau Tower, though waiting time is quite long.

There are five (5) food zones providing a wide variety of cuisines from all over the world, namely: Chinese Restaurant Zone, European Delicacies Zone, Asian Delicacies Zone, Local Delicacies Zone and Dessert Zone.  A Korean Village is likewise set up in the square, specifically at the lower level, where authentic Korean delicacies and exotic Korean experience is within reach.  Since we are not into Korean cuisine, we took comfort on the familiar, in the likes of lechon manok and fried rice.

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
THE KOREAN DANCERS ROAM AROUND THE VICINITY
A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
THE DINING AREA
A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
THE JAPANESE CUISINE
A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
THE DINING AREA UNDER THE BRIDGE
A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
THE FILIPINO FOOD STALL
A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
OUR DINNER
A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
KOREAN VILLAGE
A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
BEER TIME
Desserts are definitely good.  We tried the Macanese tarts in its original and cheese flavor (tastes more like a lemon).

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

It was noticeable how sea foods especially prawns are popular to local residents and East Asian tourists (Koreans and Chinese).  The queues of the stalls are definitely unbearable for the hungry selves we have at that moment.  Visitors cannot pay directly by cash to the stalls as coupons need to be purchased in multiples of five (5) and the same shall be handed down to the vendors.

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

Apart from the food stalls, there is a space for carnival games and amusements.  The area is flocked by families of different nationalities and it’s pleasing to know that in a certain way we do have common games.

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL

We left the Sai Van Lake Square full and contented.  And walked towards the city center of the Macau Peninsula with a glimpse of the neon lights and the imposing Taipa bridge and Macau Tower as backdrop of the 2015 Macau Food Festival.

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
THE MACAU PENINSULA SKYLINE
THE MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 5:00pm to 11:00pm
               Friday to Sunday 3:00pm to 12:00am
Free Shuttle Bus Service:
Route 1: Luso Bank (Main Branch) to Sai Van Lake Square and v.v.
Route 2: OCBC Wing Hang Bank (Hak Sa Van Branch) to Sai Van Lake              Square and v.v.
Route 3: Next to Taipa Central Park (Avenida de Guimaraes) to 
         Sai Van Lake Square

Service Hours: Monday to Thursday 5:00pm to 11:30pm/Friday to Sunday 3:00pm to 12:30am

A FEAST AT THE 15TH MACAU FOOD FESTIVAL
TAIPA BRIDGE

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