17th November 2016 – The Malaysian Embassy of Finland hosted the ASEAN food festival this year at Metropolia University of Applied Science in Bulevardi, Helsinki. I was participating as a patron this time. I promised to participate as a seller the next time by some requests. It was a bit tricky this time as I hurt myself the week before and all my dance classes got cancelled and replaced the following week as I had a timed card that was expiring, plus I had an unsure situation that would make me unavailable the entire day and making Nasi Lemak in that quantity would require at least a day’s preparation. No matter if I’m selling or not, I’ll always try to support these festivals as there aren’t too many of these types of cuisines available in Helsinki. It’s important to have them as it would be one of the rare opportunities to get that taste of home.
The experience, there weren’t any signs out and seeing it’s November, it just looks depressing outside.
See what I mean? After you get inside there are few signs up to show the location, knowing Asian food, the signs are just extras. Follow your nose.
In fairs like this you’ll always need to prepare cash. I had an idea to spend about €20 so that’s all I brought. After being there for 10 mins I realise that my 20 won’t get me far. It’s not because the food was pricey, it’s because I wanted to try so many things. Luckily there was an ATM (Otto in Finland) in close proximity.
If I could I would buy something from every stall I think I missed only 3 stalls, one was because I was overran by a mob of buyers. In my opinion the event was quite successful, there were lots of people there. There is potential to make it better for the consumers. t The tables moved away from the classrooms could have been placed in a way that people could sit and eat on the hall ways. This would create more space in the sales area for people to purchase their food and take it away to be consumed instead of standing around.
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