Batam hosted the first otak-otak, or fish cake, festival at the Kepri Mall in Batam, Riau Islands, on Aug. 25-26. (Photo courtesy of Tourism Ministry)

Batam Holds Otak-Otak Festival

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

AUGUST 27, 2017

Jakarta. Batam hosted the first otak-otak, or fish cake, festival at the Kepri Mall in Batam, Riau Islands, on Aug. 25-26.

According to a statement released on Sunday (27/08), the culinary festival included otak-otak creation and decoration competitions, which were joined by 18 hotels, eight restaurants and eight general participants.

Meanwhile, visitors were able to participate in a cellphone photography competition, with the winner taking home Rp 1 million ($75).

On the second day, there was also a fish clean-up competition for female guests.

Besides competitions, the festival also featured art performances from the Indonesian Carnival Association (Akari).

Tupa Simanjuntak, head of Regional Representative (Badan Perwakilan Daerah/BPD) Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) in Riau Islands, said the event aims to promote otak-otak to foreign and local tourists as a special culinary treat from Batam.

"For the long term, the otak-otak festival is planned to be annually held and will expand to regions outside Batam. In near future, we will also try to make otak-otak last for three to five days so it can be a food souvenir,” Tupa said.

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