Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Enjoy Jakarta Festival Dazzles San Francisco

by Emma Krasov, photography by Yuri Krasov  
A rainbow of colors and a waterfall of sounds spilled into a gathering of the government officials, business leaders, and members of the press during the multi-faceted cultural event that brought Jakarta to San Francisco for the first time.
Traditional Indonesian dance performances by DM Entertainment, heavenly music by harpist Maya Hasan, Batik painting and Wayang (puppet) demonstrations were all a part of the Enjoy Jakarta Festival at the W Hotel in San Francisco at the beginning of the holiday season.  
The Indonesian Consulate General of San Francisco and Jakarta City Government hosted the Festival to encourage tourism and business relationships by showcasing Jakarta’s culture, food, dance, music, and arts.
Miss and Mister Jakarta greeted guests on arrival.
Vindy Lee, a famous Indonesian chef, cookbook author and TV personality, presented to the crowd the traditional dishes of Indonesian cuisine, including chicken and coconut soup, semur (stew in brown gravy), nasi goreng (fried rice with trimmings) and a delectable rice pudding dessert.
The event was filled to capacity with guests arriving early and staying late.
Asianto Sinambela, the Consul General of Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco; Matthew Goudeau, the Director of Protocol for the City and County of San Francisco; Mark Chandler, the Director of International Trade and Commerce from the office of Mayor Lee, and others attended the Festival.
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and one of the world’s fastest growing cities, has a long-lasting relationship with the City of San Francisco. The Indonesian Consulate General of San Francisco was officially open in 1986. More information at: www.indonesia-sanfrancisco.net

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