The first ever waiters’ race to be held in Perak was an interesting event looked forward to, not only by people in the hospitality industry, but also the general public.
This international event attracted the participation of those from outside of Perak; and overseas, including countries like Indonesia, China and Japan.
Ipoh’s first international waiters’ race, held in conjunction with the city’s 25th anniversary city day, was organised by the Perak Tourism Association (PTA) and Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter.
Opened to everyone, there were three categories: Classic Tray, Sportive Tray and Fun Tray. Participants had to brisk walk while holding a tray on one hand, with a bottle of mineral water and two water-filled goblets.
There were many rules to be adhered to, or one could easily get disqualified. Most importantly, they must try their best not to spill water, as that would cost a time penalty.
The Waiters’ Race has a long tradition. Originated in France, it was first created to improve the recognition of the waiter profession in Paris. Today, the waiters’ race has been organised in more than 50 countries, including Malaysia.
During the hospitality extravaganza, other supporting activities included school brass band performance, flower arrangement, ice carving demonstration, table setting demonstration, mocktail competition and fruit carving competition. Supporting hotels also set up booths for food promotion.
Activities organised especially for school children were explore race and mural painting competition. These involved some two hundred students from Ipoh.
Check out my photos to see some of the activities that transpired during Ipoh International Waiters’ Race. Let’s hope this is an annual event. Am looking forward to the next one already.
Event: Ipoh International Waiters’ Race 2013
Venue: Taman DR Seenivasagam
Date: 29th June, 2013
Time: 9am – 4pm
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