The event was about a search for the best Tuak which was brewed by the local tuak brewers and the participants come from all over Sarawak. The brewers were a mixture of male and female, from the age of 22 till 60 years old.
There were 10 rice wines from 10 different makers selected for this inaugural Tuak Fest. Voting was done based on professional judges as well as public voters. Cash prizes of RM1,500, RM1000 and RM500 are up for the Top Three winners.
During the public tasting, individuals and groups were invited to The Bibber's Tale. Upon entrance, each patron received a goody bag which consists of a small bottles of samples for all the rice wine so that the patron can continue to enjoy and share it once they leave.
The tasting session started with a brief explanation of what to be expected and how voting shall be done. The bartender started by pouring a small amount of wine from the first participant, and voters were given the background story for each of the wine. After the tasting was done, each voters were given a glass of water to clear of the after-taste on their palate, and move on to the next bottle until all 10 were tasted. By the 10th sampling, the voters will cast their vote on the ticket and return it to the bartender for their counting. After tasting session completed, each patron were invited to select their favorite wine and continue enjoying it until their session was up.
It was a great experience to have done a proper yet laid-back Tuak tasting event, the first ever done in Sarawak. The organizers had a great plan to introduce the winners of Tuak Fest 2018 in time for Gawai festival next year and become parts of a collaboration with The Bibber's Tale and Rajah Puteh Production . We saw great potential in this event and it truly embodied the objective behind What About Kuching.
This post is written for What About Kuching, a month long event happening from 29th September until 28th October 2018. It is a festival celebrating arts, culture and lifestyle of Kuching and its local people to the global audience.
For more info on the event please visit https://aboutkuching.com/