1. of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.
Last weekend, Saturday to Sunday 9-10 November 2013 I went to a local event called “Bucolic Weekend”, organized by Javara and Maharasa Indonesia. As the name suggest, it’s basically a pop-up market selling local crops and farm produces that are naturally grown from numerous farmers throughout Indonesia – you might have notice from the slideshow above, a sneak peek of what’s been sold over 2 days celebration of agricultural feast – from 10 regions including Halmahera, Flores, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, West Sumatra, Aceh, Magelang, Banyumas, Banten and Bali.
Does looking at the slideshow above tickled your senses? Hearing exotic ingredient names and secluded regions in Indonesia that I’m not even familiar with, everything about it intrigues me in a way that I just can’t wait to share my experience. And, because they look so adorable in photos! (click on below gallery to see more photos. Note that you can navigate by using keyboard arrows)
From Halmahera they're bringing Jailolo Calamansi, Ikan Kayu (Dried and smoked skipjack tuna), Smoked Roa Fish, Abon Cakalang Fish, Terasi Belacang from Tataleka village in the West, Kenari Nuts from Sebelei Village in Makian Island, Jailolo Coconut Oil, Halmahera Duck Beak Banana, etc.
From Flores – their buttery Candlenuts, tri-color Cacao, Arabica Bajawa coffee, bicolor Sorghum, Kelor Flores (Moringa oleifera), Organic Cashew Nuts and Alor Vanilla Bajawa. And then there's Banten Organic Palm Sugar, Banyumas stinky beans, fruits and spices. All the beauty of Javanese black rice and milky rice that is said to be a substitute for Japanese rice, and also not forgetting those aromatic rice grains from Enrekang South Sulawesi: Pulu Mandoti, Pulu Pinjan, and Pare Kasalle; also the nutmeg and cloves from Sangihe Island from the north.
Acehnese Gayo coffee, Kalimantan's Ikan Lais Salai & salted Snakehead Murrel fish, West Sumatra's fresh water eel and sawo sumpu, and finally Bali Salt produce that is handcrafted from the centuries-old salt making traditions in the Eastern coastlines.
Javara, on the other hand, showcased so many enticing products starting from its Organic Rice (black, purple, red, pink, brown, white), Gourmet & Veggie Noodles (purple yam, beetroot, tomato, broccoli, carrot, binchotan – activated charcoal from Yokohama which explains the black noodle color), Organic Herbs & Spices, seasonings, snacks and hampers.
Exquisite, exquisite selections :) It was a total foodie-who-cook paradise!
NOW THE COOKED FOODS..
WE NEED MORE EVENTS LIKE THIS..
It feels great to continue to show our support to the local farmers, to get to know their origin produce that is naturally grown and cultivated responsibly, to appreciate hard-work and life-time dedication they put into harvesting the best ingredients; and most importantly, to make the most out of Indonesia’ natural agriculture wealth so that it won’t be disregarded throughout generations. Very exciting event for me, and I cannot wait for the next Bucolic Weekend event.
See you at batch two!!
Bucolic Weekend (1st batch)
9-10 November 2013, 10AM – 4PM at Plaza Kemang 88, Jakarta
(occupying Warung Kopi Sruput and Warung Pasta at the front yard)