The greater event was opened by our very president Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and there is a stand on the area dedicated to him, and the event itself was also attended by famous foodies like William Wongso and Bondan Winarno who are among the juries for the cooking contest competing for Piala Prima Boga Nusantara.
Seeing that it's a regional event and held a week long with contingents from provinces nation-wide, we're pretty confident that we'll have a good show going on that Friday, as events usually have their climax on the last days, where it's weekend thus more people can attend the show.
So we went there on this very hot Friday morning, ready to have a blast at sampling the latest culinary geniuses from around Indonesia. However we didn't have the exact address of this event; our search on Google, Facebook, and Twitter only scores vague information that the event was held in "Peninsula Island", Nusa Dua, Bali -- a location that doesn't even show up on Google Map.
Passing the airport intersection of Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, we noticed that there are banners created for "Hello Asean", and since Pangan Nusa is a part of it, then we're confidently just following the banners down south.
"Many of them have been closed; some have their products sold during the first day of the event, while some decided to open only until the second day since they want to have a vacation, 'when else would we have the opportunity to visit Bali?' they said".
It also comes in a very practical and functional plastic bag!
"Bikin acara #PanganNusa di Peninsula, di peta Nusa Dua aja gak ada. Orang Bali gak ngeh. targetnya siapa tuh? Miliaran bouw" (source)Which translated freely as "Who's the target of this event really, when the place itself is not listed on the map, and only few Bali citizen aware of the location? And it costs billions".
Nodding on the critic, from our two years of staying in Bali we recognize several facts about Nusa Dua:
- It's an exclusive location full with hotels with very high rates
- It's a preferred staying place for international celebrities, diplomats, honeymooners
- It's a favourite location for national expo, exhibition, summits, and other high-profile events
- It's far from Denpasar; 40 Km away or about one hour drive; about 40 minutes from Kuta
- Until the launch of Trans Sarbagita few months back, there are no decent public transportation heads there