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I Die Fat at Bario Food Festival 2014

Intro | Le Journey | Bario Food Festival 2014

The Festival Site

Wheee…finally reached Bario. Auntie Lucy‘s (the owner of the longhouse homestay we’re staying) cousin picked us up at the airport. The Food Festival site is located at the Padang Pasir Village which is just a 5 minutes drive from the airport.

When we reached, there were many Kelabits lining up to welcome us..

and so I thought. LOL!

This is the traditional costume of Kelabits. It’s a little similar with their cousin ethnics, the Lun Bawang.

The difference is the color of the headgear. Kelabits headgear is brown at the front and multi colored at the rear while the Lun Bawang‘s are all yellow. Traditionally, they only wear the dress and top part is bare.

The site is not too huge, there were only one row of food stalls, one row of shops selling drinks and handcrafts and a stage for cultural performances.

Each of the stall represents one village and all of them are competing with each other for the Best Food Stall of the Festival. So, all of the stalls were well decorated.There are 14-16 villages around Bario but this year only 9 or 12 villages taking part in this festival.

Pa Ukat means Ukat Village.

Look at all these food that can’t wait to go into my mouth.

And it’s free to try. #Waitwhat! LOL


If you found something you like, you can buy a box of that dish for RM5 or a scoop for RM1.

It’s all Kelabit food. A new cuisine to me and have no idea what to expect. I believe we can’t get Kelabit cuisine outside of the highlands. Most of the ingredients are wild vegetables and animals that you can only found in the Bario highland.

They did provide signs on the dish but they were all in Kelabit and it’s not helping at all. LOL =.=

Then again, sometimes it’s best to not know what you’re eating tho especially in a food fest.

Kelabit Food

Okay #waitwhat! Dig in!! hahaha

Check out the food I had.

Fermented Rice and Bamboo Shoots?

Bunga Kantan Shoots and Palm Shoots or Pineapple shoots?

Dried Pork with Mushrooms and Durian with Green Beans

Pumpkin something and hmm something

Mashed Potato Leaves? and Curry Chicken!

Bamboo River Fish

Hmm..This is either Porcupine, Barking Deer or Mousedeer. I can’t really sure but I did had all three of them during this trip. Most of the time I only found out after I send them into my stomach. =.=

“Wild” meat is common here as most of the villagers here owned hunting licence.

I even had wild food that is “hunt” without a licence.

These.. XD Kelatang Grub Podridge and Stir Fry Sago Worm with Shoots.

Sago Worms is very common all over Sarawak but the Kelatang Grub is native to this highland. And I can say that Sago Worm still the best worm ever lol. Kelantang Grub has a very strong taste to it, a little like Bunga Kantan taste.

There’s quite a number of foreigners saw what I ate while walking pass my table and I saw some of them shocked with what they saw.LOL

I have this Bario-to-eat-list before I went to Bario and having Kelatang Grub was one it. It suppose to complete my Bario trip, not until I found out there’s another dish that one must savor in Bario and that is the BBQ Wild Pork Rib!! omaigod! OvO  #sorrynonhalal

A new found friend of mine managed to have it and said it was really good. Sadly it sold out before I managed to get a glimpse of it. So sad. Well, another reason to go back to Bario. > v <

Poster for next trip. LOL

And this one looks interesting too. Maybe next time can get to eat this. hehehe

See how huge it is! omg!  Never know a upstream fish can be so huge.

Cultural Performance Show

 There were cultural performance for the guest.

The infamous Orang Ulu‘s Hornbill dance and it was very graceful. Will share the video after I edit it.

Here’s a performance telling the life of a Kelabit in the old days.

There were kids performing too.

So cute in their traditional costume.

Somehow, cowboy style/culture has become part of the highlander modern culture among Lun Bawang and Kelabits people. Instead of horses, the Lun Bawang ride on buffaloes and the people wear cowboy hats on a daily basis. I guess the culture was  brought in during the missionary.

Kelabit Games

There were many traditional games up for the community and the visitors to play.

(image from BarioFoodFestival FB)

all of them are very physical challenging. I was too full to move so I didn’t join any of them. LOL

And then, they have this..

The locals dressed up as ladies and had a match of football. LOL Everyone was laughing like mad especially when they adjusting their skirts or fake boobs. hahahah

The activities ended around 4-5pm where everyone went back longhouse for a short rest and shower before the night show.

 The Night

The night show starts around 8pm and it was filled with music and dances.

The international Sape player, Jerry Kamit was there to perform for the night. It was an honor to be able to listen to him live.

There were also traditional dancing competition.

and i thought it was a beauty pageant.*koff koff* cantik (pretty) nya*

and the night didn’t ends here. The party just started lol. Everyone started dancing together from poco poco dance to 80’s hits songs. I heard that some of them dance and party until 4 in the morning. *salute*

I’m too old for that. I was dead tired and sleeping warmly in my bed. LOL


For more photos and info, do visit Bario Food Festival Facebook page. 😀

Honestly, I can’t wait to go back for next year Bario Food Festival. > v < I heard from the organizer that there’s gonna be even more food and not only just Kelabit food.  (* v *) *eyes sparkles*

Bario Sarawak

Journey into Bario with MasWing

Intro | Le Journey

Woke up like 5 in the morning to catch my flight from Kuching- Bintulu – Miri at 0645.

It’s my first time taking an ATR (the name of this plane type) and also MASwings.

MASwings is a regional airline operating East Malaysia and BIMP-EAGA  region. The BIMP-EAGA region consists of Borneo, South Philipines, and East Indonesia (Sulawesi and Papua).

The plane is about three times smaller the size of a Boeing but still very cozy.

*Bucket up!*

As it’s my first time taking an ATR, I was very attentive to the safety video. #Firsttimeinmyhistory Hahah well, just in case there’s an emergency, I know where to jump out from. LOL

As ATR is smaller..

LOL. Really. Here’s a photo as proof.

Very friendly stewardess and she looks cuter and younger in person ^ v ^

We did a transit at Bintulu before reaching Miri, it was a 20 minutes stop.

And the best part, little snacks are provided~ Really save my life there as I was dead hungry.

I had two rounds of it. Hehehe. One from my Kuching – Bintulu trip and another from Bintulu-Miri trip.

*noms noms*

After 2 hours including the Bintulu stop, I reached Miri Airport!

This is my first time here and it reminds me of Kuching’s old airport.

After some ding dongs, we’re ready to depart for Bario. Wheee!!! Although, both of us are taking different flights and routes but still Wheeee!!

MASwings is the sole airlines into Bario.

But this time we’re not taking an ATR but a Twin Otter instead.

It’s a very cute plane, a 16 seaters if not mistaken.

See how cozy it is.

Their DSLR is giving them out that they are not Bario locals, everyone is excited to go into Bario and also taking the Twin Otter. The feeling of taking a Twin Otter is very different from the bigger airplanes like  Boeing or ATR. I would suggest everyone to experience at least once in their lifetime.

The Twin Otter flew at a low altitude and you can have a very great view of the land below.

The rate of deforestation is scary in Sarawak.

Finally some greenies but sadly somewhere around this part will be flooded for dams.

That’s the road to Bario and other villages. It takes 10 hours to reach Bario whereas 50 minutes by MASWing.

Taking a Twin Otter really feels like a bird flying through the sky.

That’s the legendary Batu Lawi, the landmark of Kelabit Highland, it’s a mystical and sacred mount among the Kelabit and Penan people.

And not long after that, we reached Bario. Wheee !! 😀

Thank you MASwings

Bario airport. 😀

It was a sunny day yet the wind is very cooling.

Alright! Now I can’t wait to get eat Kelabit Food!!

Bario Food Festival. Next >>


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How To Get Into Bario?

So last month, I received a call from a friend…

Before we get into Bario, let’s talk about Bario.

I bet a lot of you have never heard of this place before this.

Because it is up in the highland, it is basically isolated from the rest of Sarawak and it’s people. Yet, the legend of it’s cool weather, unique food and gorgeous Kelabit girls has been spreading among the low land dwellers for centuries.

Bario is having their Bario Food Festival last month, and so me and my friend find this a great opportunity, reason and time to visit the mysterious Bario for once.

So how do we get into Bario Highland? Well here’s a short guide I made for you, if you’re interested to go after my Bario travel posts.

Opps. hahaha.

Well, it was a spontaneous trip. We almost didn’t manage to get into Bario in time for the Food Festival. ^ ^”


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