Food Festival Lands in Phnom Penh

Foodies are in for a treat this weekend as Phnom Penh’s most popular food festival returns to the city – in mini form.

Kon Slaprea – or teaspoon in Khmer – promises to satisfy and satiate all those fluent in the art of dis-course because there will be a total of 20 courses on offer across the two-days.

Proving that sometimes great things come in small packages – think macaroons and sushi – the food festival takes visitors on a journey of appetisers and small bites. And with all of the delicious dishes capped at $4 sampling a range of flavours won’t burn a hole in the pocket.

As well as stacks of food, a range of family-fun activities will entertain the crowds, from cookie decorating, giant bubble making, ball pong, cooking shows and workshops, a kids’ playground and an eating competition.

Kon Slaprea is a smaller version of the successful Slaprea Food Festival held in March at Olympic Stadium. It proved to be a hugely popular, attracting more than 12,000 attended across two days, making it Cambodia’s biggest food festival.

Dubbed a “Food festival all about packaging”, Slprea was part of a much larger initiative to resolve Cambodia’s growing waste management problem. So Kon Slaprea will embody the same values as its mother festival, but on a smaller scale.

The aim is to minimise the use of plastic, which is harmful to both the environment and to public health. Plastic doesn’t decompose, hence the accumulated waste tends to end up in the ocean, causing pollution and posing a threat to marine life.

Similarly, one of the most popular functions of plastic bags in Cambodia is to carry food items but because plastic bags are made of chemical substances, it contaminates food and thus poses a threat to human health. For this reason, food vendors are encouraged to minimise their usage of plastic food packaging.

Kon Slaprea, the mini version of Slaprea, takes place on Aug. 26 and 27 at Exchange Square Mall, Phnom Penh, from 10am to 8pm.