Malaysia gourmet food tour

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2018: 12 Sep, 26 Sep
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Malaysia gourmet food tour

Environment

Malaysia is one of the leaders in eco-tourism which our culinary tour embraces throughout.

Our hosts take a holistic approach to sustainability, socially, economically, as well as environmentally by minimising waste through careful management, recycling all cooking oil, glass, card, paper and aluminium and introducing energy and water saving measures. Our hosts also make a voluntary carbon offsetting contribution through Malaysia Airlines' UN-supported scheme of reducing their carbon footprint, and we invite our guests to consider this too.

Our tour takes you deep into the Cameron Highlands, one of Malaysia’s largest most fertile agricultural spots. Protecting the ecology is paramount in this area with thriving farming communes, nurseries and gardens cultivating fruits, flowers, vegetables and tea plantations. While this has benefited the local economy, it has unfortunately led to environmental degradation. Today a community based organisation R.E.A.C.H is endeavouring to preserve, restore and maintain Cameron Highlands as an environmentally sustainable agriculture and hill resort within a permanent nature reserve, safeguarding water catchment areas as a vital resource for the highlands and lowlands. R.E.A.C.H has also initiated a reforestation project in partnership with the Department of Forestry. The organisation relies on funds from donations, reforestation activities and sales of souvenirs and food at local markets, shops and restaurants in the area from tourists on tours like ours.

Other local farms in the area are contributing by setting up bee farms, butterfly farms, and flora and fauna conservation gardens to preserve the environment which are open for tourists.

During the tour you will visit the BOH plantation; one of the largest tea plantations in the Highlands. BOH is actively engaging people to join in with the Company’s mission to raise the public’s awareness and responsibility in preserving the environment and to promote sustainability. Through programmes such as Tea for Trees with conservation efforts of adopting trees and helping with tree planting efforts, and BOH Forest Friend School Programme, to encourage school children to be more environmentally conscious with educational talks on the forests of Malaysia.

Community

Throughout the tour leading Chef Norman Musa will be taking you to local Malaysian markets, farms, and fishing villages. As a strong advocate for sourcing local organic ingredients from independent farmers and traders, his company has an in-house team responsible for buying locally to support local businesses and jobs. The company also employs local staff for his kitchen. In keeping with his ethos, Norman will take you to the famous Aunty Aini’s Garden Café in Nilai for excellent traditional Malaysian food using ingredients from her own organic garden.

Our host is also an ambassador for leading Malaysian medical relief charity MERCY, donating some of his profits to the organisation. MERCY is involved in the delivery of medical and humanitarian aid to vulnerable communities, providing emergency assistance to affected populations in Malaysia.
The charity implements projects and programmes, such as Total Disaster Risk Management, to raise awareness through risk education as an important element to help reduce vulnerabilities.

During your tour you will visit BOH Tea Plantations who are actively involved in nurturing the exciting development of Malaysia's performing arts scene introducing the country's first ever awards ceremony for the performing arts: The BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. The Patron of the Arts Awards supported the development the local arts industry. The company also sponsors the BOH Cameronian Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was created to honour an individual or an organisation deemed to have made substantial and pioneering contributions to arts in Malaysia over a sustained period of time.

Whilst in the Cameron Highlands you will visit local markets where traders and farmers sell their crops to visitors and locals. The produce is from local farms such as Kea Farm with flowers, ornamental plants, honey, souvenirs and handicrafts where funds will go to support families and businesses in the area.

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