General Manager of Grand Millennium Beijing Jan Büttgen and Indonesian Ambassador to China Soegeng Rahardjo cheer on the ceremony Photo: courtesy of Music Yin
The first Indonesian Food Festival, sponsored by the Indonesian Embassy in China, is under way at the CBD International Cuisine of Grand Millennium Beijing (北京千禧大酒店). The festival runs until March 31.
Traditional Indonesian dancers Photo: Billie Feng
A launching ceremony for the festival was held at the hotel on the evening of March 24, attended by over 100 guests, including Indonesian Ambassador to Soegeng Rahardjo and his wife, embassy staff, hotel guests and media.
The ceremony featured excellent performances by Indonesian singers and dancers in celebration of the friendship between China and Indonesia.
During the 11-day festival, the hotel’s Resident Executive Chef Charlie Chang, along with two guest chefs Jaka Lestari and Emil Wahono from its sister hotel—Millennium Hotel Sirih Jakarta, is presenting guests with a traditional Indonesian gastronomic journey.
Guests trying Indonesian cuisine Photo: courtesy of Music Yin
“The festival brings people of the two countries together. I lived in Indonesia for one year and I think Indonesian food is as great as Chinese food. We welcome everyone to come and have a try,” said Jan Büttgen, general manger of Grand Millennium Beijing.
“Food has great power. The festival introduces Chinese people to Indonesian culinary traditions. Starting from the food, you can know my country,” Ambassador Rahardjo said.