The Star Metro
Thursday September 8, 2011
THE WINNERS of the inaugural Selangorlicious! Foodster Blogging Competition went home with a smile as their entries won them cash and other prizes.
Hari Raya is sweeter this year for full-time blogger Eddie Azman Samsuddin, 42, who goes by the identity ‘Cakap Niaga’ as he was crowned the Foodster of Selangor. The first prize winning entry Ayam Kampung Goreng dan Gulai was mouth-wateringly descriptive.
“Honestly, the winning blog entry wasn’t my effort alone. Cakap Niaga is a team effort and I’ve won this with my co-partner, Otai with the help of a few others,” said Eddie.
When asked, the blogger admitted that they never expected to win, much less winning the first prize.
“The winnings will be shared with my partner and I intend to buy a good camera to replace my old but trusty RM100 camera,” he said with happy laugh. Cakap Niaga takes home RM5,000 in cash and two holiday packages at the Sepang Gold Coast Resort and Hotel Grand Dorsett Subang.
The tantalising food images taken by Nigel Low won him the prize for best photography.
The corporate trainer indulged in his passion for photography for about five years now with 70% of the subject matter focused on food.
“I love food. My friends know I go out to find the best food out there and they also want to know where I go. So I write and put up the photographs in my personal blog,” he said.
Low, who owns one camera with three lenses, won RM1,000 and a digital SLR camera.
Other food on the Selangor menu that made the cut included Pantai Seafood, Mee Udang Nakhoda and Nasi Ambeng.
“Food plays a significant role in our lives, especially us Malaysians. Naturally, we engage bloggers to ‘hunt’ for great eateries and help to spread the word around in a relatively short period of time,” said Tourism Selangor general manager Noorul Ashikin Md Din.
Noorul added that the Selangorlicious portal will be a source of valuable information to local and foreign tourists on the best eating places in Selangor and the competition was the perfect platform to promote Selangor’s identity as a food haven.
The competition, which ran throughout May 2011, was mooted by Tourism Selangor and Storm Studio in an effort to identify the best makan places in the state. It was also a great way to get visitors to check out the delectable food places and generally, get to know Selangor better.
The Selangorlicious! Campaign did not end with the prize giving ceremony. A host of activities have been planned until June 2012, which is designated as the official food month for Selangor.
The public can participate in the planned weekly and monthly mini contests that will run soon. In fact, a Mandarin Foodster Blogging Competition will be announced this month. There will also be regular food trips for bloggers to try out new eateries all over Selangor.
Entries will be compiled into a quarterly newsletter and the best ones will be added into an annual directory.
Both the newsletter and annual directory will be distributed in the Klang Valley, Selangor, Penang and at Tourism Selangor foreign missions.
Restaurants, malls, stalls and eateries in Selangor are encouraged to send their promotion items to be disseminated via the Selangorlicious! portal as well as in the Tourism Selangor and Selangor Shines websites, Facebook fan pages and Twitter.
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