Regional dishes to spice up the Laksa 2021 festival

Businesses across the country are encouraged to register their expressions of interest for the Darwin International Laksa Festival 2021.

A new category has been added, encouraging restaurants and eateries in regional parts of the territory to get involved, with the best regional Laksa open to vendors who operate outside of Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield.

Now in its third year, the month-long festival is a celebration of the Top End’s multicultural community, tropical lifestyle and love for Malaysian spicy noodle soup, laksa.

The Food Tour, which begins November 1, encourages people to eat, vote and enjoy a range of laksa-inspired dishes.

The festival also encourages people to support local businesses during the traditionally quiet time and to increase foot traffic to restaurants.

The Darwin International Laksa Festival 2021 will culminate with Festival Day on November 28.

To register for the Food Tour & Festival, companies can visit: https //: [].

Quotes from Chief Minister Michael Gunner:

“The Laksa Festival has been a delicious territorial hit two years in a row, and that’s why we’re bringing it back and making it even bigger, better and tastier.

“Territorials love their laksa – but it’s not just about who makes the best spicy soup, it’s about jobs and continuing to support local businesses.

“We’re not only the return capital of Australia, we’re also the capital of laksa – and this festival puts us on the culinary map and stimulates off-season visits.”

Quotes from Small Business Minister Paul Kirby:

“We know that the Territorial people love the Laksa Festival and that it has generated more foot traffic for businesses in Darwin’s central business district, for generally much quieter months.”

“The Food Tour encouraged people to eat out and buy take-out food, which kept the business going, while inspiring unique new laksa-inspired specialties for locals and tourists alike.”

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