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Celebrating Sarawak with a Oooo Ha!

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

HAPPENING EVERYWHERE AROUND AUSTRALIA ON 24-25 JULY 2021


Oooo Ha!

That is the national greeting in Sarawak!


It is a greeting by the Dayaks in their native dialect and officiated by the late Chief Minister Adenan in Sarawak where it is to be used as their official “Hola”.


To celebrate Sarawak Day which falls on 22nd July, My Blue Tea in association with STATOS (Sarawak Trade & Tourism Office Singapore) and 'We Harvest' are hosting a one-off food & product and culture show in Sydney Australia. At My Blue Tea, we love all those reasons to celebrate food and bring people together from all cultures and backgrounds to delight in flavours, tastes and textures!


The participants in this Sydney event include restaurants, cafes and private caterers. It will feature Sarawak cuisine and products made in Sarawak. It is open to the public. We are celebrating and promoting produce from Sarawak - the last of our region’s food bowl, which is surrounded by the virgin rainforests of Borneo with rich natural soil uncontaminated by chemicals. Imagine eating food made from ingredients grown in this pure, natural environment.


Sarawak’s rainforests house one of the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystems. It is home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia (which can grow to the size of a coffee table), squirrels and snakes that fly, deer the size of cats, as well as hungry plants that eat insects (and small animals). The orangutan, proboscis monkey, hornbill, the Rajah Brooke butterfly and the silverleaf monkey all call Sarawak home. Experts believe that there are some species of flora and fauna yet to be discovered deep beneath the lush foliage.



Information about Sarawak Day, AU -

LIMITED FREE GIFT BAG (first come first serve basis) - T&Cs

** Sarawakians and companies that produce/promote products made in Sarawak are encouraged to participate.

** A list of participating restaurants is listed below for various cities i.e Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide and Brisbane.

** Each diner who spends a minimum of $25.00 (must include 2x Sarawak dishes) is entitled to a Gift bag which contains information on Sarawak, products from Sarawak and from companies participating in the event.

** Event is open to the public.

** Share your meal photos on FB/ Instagram.

** First come first served basis for gift bags.


From left - Various famous Sarawak noodles ie Kolo Mee & Kampua Noodle, Sarawak Pepper and Sarawak Laksa paste


Pepper has been associated with Malaysia, especially Sarawak, for more than a century. According to historical facts, pepper was first planted in Malaysia in 1619 on the Langkawi and thereafter brought to Sarawak in 1852 by the Teochew Chinese and was systematically planted in Sarawak in 1875 during the administration of the Brooke government.


Working with Doku Bio-tech, our manufacturing arm and to assist our local native farmers, we will be launching our own Doku/MyBlueTea Sarawak Pepper in the near future in our condiment section.

Sarawak Day is now 6 years old! Why is the date significant?

It was gazetted as Sarawak Independence Day in 2016 by the late Sarawak chief minister Tan Sri Pehin Sri Haji Adenan Satem. Sarawak Day celebrates the state's self governance after 120 years under foreign rule.


Tan Sri Adenan Satem declared the date as a public holiday to commemorate Sarawak’s independence from British colonisation. Sarawak Independence Day or Sarawak Day is also to recognise and acknowledge the sacrifice and contributions of Sarawakians who fought for the state’s independence from the British.


From left - Dayak Ginger crisps, great as chips or condiments on your cooking. A section of our Butterfly Pea farm in Kuching and Native Bird's Eye Chilli / Cili Padi working with our people of Kayan.


Where to dine to discover flavours of Sarawak?

Sarawak Day AU - 24 - 25th July, 2021


Below you will find the full list of participating Sarawak restaurants/caterers in your city.

Let´s get ready to celebrate on 24-25 July in major cities in Australia. All orders above $25.00 will receive a gift bag with information on Sarawak and some Sarawak made products.


Note: Please check with individual cafes or restaurants on menu and availability date. Photos of Sarawak food is for illustration or introduction to Sarawak food. Due to unavailability of certain produce in Australia, not all cuisines are available.


Sydney NSW

1. Albee's Kitchen Campsie

Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Saturday 9.00am-10.00pm & Sunday 9.00am-9.30pm

Address: 279 Beamish Street, Campsie NSW 2194

Contact: 02 9718 8302


2. Overtime Cafe & Bar

Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Saturday 9.00am-10.00pm & Sunday 9.00am-9.30pm

Address: 70 Beaumont St Hamilton New Castle NSW 2303

Contact: 02 4906 0929


3. Rita of Sweet Rita Nyonya Kueh (Caterer)

Event Date: Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Pre Order Pick Up on Sunday 12.00pm-3.00pm

Address: Lowanna Park – 3 Wilfred Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2194

Contact: 0426 688 187


4. Sylvia of Borneo Snacks (Caterer)

Event Date: Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Pre order pick up Sunday 10.00am-3.00pm

Address: Lidcombe NSW 2141

Contact: 0421 468 970


Perth WA:

1. Tea Woks

Event Date: Friday 23 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Friday & Sunday 10.30am-8.00pm

Address: 2/369 Hay Street, Perth WA 6000

Contact: 0444 555 150


2. Two Hands Noodles Shop

Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10.00am-3.00pm. 5.00pm-8.00pm

Address: 4/2 Downey Drive, Como WA 6152

Contact: 08 6249 3746


Brisbane QLD:

1. Lemak Garden City

Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Saturday 10.00am-8.30pm & Sunday 10.00am-6.30pm

Address: Logan Road & Kessels Road, Upper Mount Gravatt QLD 4122

Contact: 07 3420 0104


2. Lemak Chermside

Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10.00am-6.00pm

Address: Shop Fc6 Westfield Chermside Corner Gympie and, Halmilton Road, Chermside QLD 4032

Contact: 07 3420 0104


3. Lemak East Brisbane

Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11.00am-8.45pm

Address: 5/53 Lytton Road, East Brisbane QLD 4169

Contact: 07 3393 2982


Melbourne VIC:

1. Uncle David's Cafe

Event Date: Thursday 22 July 2021 & Friday 23 July 2021

Trading Hours: Thursday 7.00am-3.00pm & Friday 7.00am-3.00pm

Address: 8/530 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: 0418 739 930


2. Malaysia Home Cuisine

Event Date: Friday 23 July 2021 & Saturday 24 July 2021

Trading Hours: Friday 8.30am-7.30pm & Saturday 8.30am-6.30pm

Address: Gladstone Park Shopping Centre, Shop 14a (Outside access also near Australia Post, 8-34 Gladstone Park Drive, Gladstone Park VIC 3043

Contact: 03 8394 7668


3. Sarawak Kitchen, CBD

Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11.00am-10.00pm

Address: 469 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact: 03 9328 2562


4. Sarawak Kitchen, Clayton

Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Trading Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11.30am-8.30pm

Address: 385 Clayton Road, Clayton VIC 3168

Contact: 03 9886 3062


Adelaide SA:

1. L.LAW CBD Cafe (L.LAW Bistro) Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021 Trading Hours: Saturday & Sunday 7.00am-4.00pm Address: 31 Gilbert Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Contact: 08 8410 0511

2. L.LAW Port Cafe Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021 Trading Hours: Saturday 8.00am-3.00pm & Sunday 8.00am-4.00pm Address: 117A Lipson Street, Adelaide SA 5015 Contact: 08 8241 2345

3. L.LAW Boutique Hyde Park Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021 Trading Hours: Saturday & Sunday 8.00am-4.00pm Address: 123 King William Road, Hyde Park SA 5061 Contact: 08 7080 6293

4. L.LAW Boutique Port Plaza Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021 Trading Hours: Saturday 8.00am-9.00pm & Sunday 8.00am-4.00pm Address: T44, 200-220 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide SA 5015 Contact: 0406 333 737

5. L.LAW Plympton Cafe Event Date: Saturday 24 July 2021 & Sunday 25 July 2021 Trading Hours: Saturday 8.00am-10.00pm & Sunday 8.00am-4.00pm Address: 300C Anzac Highway, Plympton SA 5038 Contact: 0420 499 180


Hobart TAS:

- Sawak Cafe, Hobart

Event Date: Friday 23 July 2021 & Saturday 24 July 2021

Trading Hours: Friday 11.00am-3.00pm, 5.00pm-8.30pm & Saturday 11.00am-3pm, 5.00pm-8.30pm

Address: 131 Collins Street, Hobart TAS 7000

Contact: 03 6234 3622


SPECIAL THANKS TO MAJOR SPONSORS:

Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (STATOS)

main organiser, We Harvest Pty Ltd in Melbourne.


THANK YOU TO SPONSORS:

Australia: Weharvest Pty Ltd My BlueTea Sarawak Kitchen Proceries Pty Ltd Premier Freight Forwarding Pty Ltd ICare Property Infinite Hands L&L Group Harvest Realty BB Accounting & Advisory DDH Quantity Surveyors


Sarawak: MUSC Food Industries Sdn Bhd Green World Success Foodchains Sdn Bhd Sundrop Fruit Juices Sdn Bhd Doku Biotechnology Industries Sdn Bhd


Singapore: Bountiful Harvest Pte Ltd


GAWAI DAYAK FESTIVAL

If all that talk of food from Sarawak is getting you excited to learn more about it, take note of the Gawai Dayak Festival.

Tracing its roots back to as early as 1957, the Gawai Dayak Festival was formally gazetted on 25 September, 1964 as a public holiday in place of Sarawak Day. The first official celebration was on 1 June, 1965, and Gawai Dayak became a symbol of unity, aspiration and hope for the Dayak community and is an integral part of Dayak social life today.


The Gawai Dayak Festival is celebrated yearly on 1 June in Sarawak. It is both a religious and social festival. Gawaj means ritual or festival and Dayak is a collective name for the tribes of Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Murut and more.


In Sarawak’s capital city of Kuching, the festivities and celebrations of the Gawai Dayak commence well a week before with enchanting street parades and cultural activities. On the eve of the Gawai, a beauty pageant is held, crowning several Gawai Queens, one for each Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu communities.


Some notable places to visit during the Gawai Dayak festival are The Skrang River, The Lemanak River, Batang Ai and Annah Rais. Gawai Dayak is one of the best times to visit Sarawak as the festivities are aplenty and the streets comes alive, embracing everyone in the celebrations.


Rambutan Butterfly Pea Mocktail - courtesy of Raw Chef Yin


Are you intrigued by Sarawak yet?


Brew a cup of Bamboo Tea and muse about visiting this amazing land rich in sensory experiences and while you are at it, why not munch on some Dayak Ginger Crisps if you are feeling peckish.


Here´s a little tip to spice things up - sprinkle some Native Cili Padi (Bird’s Eye Chillie) on your chips, mashed potatoes, pizzas or basically anything that you like (if you are a big fan of the exciting, tingly spicy taste!).


If you have had a huge bowl of Sarawak Laksa, why not make this beautiful Rambutan Butterfly Pea Mocktail to cool down? Here's what you need :-


This one has:

✅ Rambutans

✅ Coconut water

@my.blue.tea Blue butterfly Pea Powder &

✅ @my.blue.tea Dragon Fruit Powder


If you want this cold, you can chill your peeled rambutans in the fridge or freezer first.


Keep a lookout for our next blog and/or Facebook Events Page with an updated list of participating restaurants, cafes, caterers and companies in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth on 24th & 25th July 2021.



Bamboo Tea Infusion with Pandan and Calamansi Peel (comes in 15 sachets pack)



Source :

https://says.com/my/lifestyle/sarawak-day-is-on-22-july-here-are-things-to-know-about-the-celebration

https://www.tourism.gov.my/media/view/gawai-dayak-festival

https://www.malaysia-insights.com/cultivating-sarawak-pepper/?fbclid=IwAR1Fper4Xkjy2lP5lApJIVsAi0idAnL1LAGDKAA0quLLZPIOnMVElMCWbvc



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