EAGER and ready for an excursion on wheels, 50 cycling enthusiasts recently gathered at Eco Ponies Garden in Bang Nukat, Tutong, at the crack of dawn.
The 25km expedition included cycling through rural and hilly terrains with picturesque vantage points of the surrounding forests. In addition, participants had the opportunity to interact with the locals.
Organised by a local tour agency AZ Back 2 Nature, the activity was part of the Eko Kampung Cuisine 2016, a collaboration between Eco Ponies Garden and an eco-based event management company, Astera Consultant.
Aside from the cycling event, participants had the opportunity to take part in a lucky draw, where prizes were sponsored by Fitness Zone, Bello Café and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif).
Later that day, two culinary experts — Chef Dr Shahrim Karim from Universiti Putra Malaysia and Chef Rizal Othman from the Rizqun International Hotel — conducted cooking demonstrations that used fresh local ingredients.
Dr Shahrim dished out the classic chicken curry as well as pais bangkutut (tiny wild river prawns). On the other hand, the hotel cook prepared kerabu umbut and ikan sungai barap, which were cooked with rattan and bamboo respectively. Based on a press statement by the Eko Kampung Cuisine 2016 organisers, 200 visitors took part in the two-day event. Due to this success, Astera Consultant and Eco Ponies Garden are planning for another similar event, only this time it will be a contest for students that will take place at the same venue on September 11.
Winners will receive great prizes and vouchers from sponsors and partners such as Royal Brunei Catering Sdn Bhd (RBC), Progresif, Rizqun International Hotel, The Energy Kitchen, Brahim’s, iCook Asia, Fitness Zone, Kunyit 7 Lodge and Eco Brunei.