LAST year, there were 420 smartly-dressed participants carrying trays of drinks during the fourth Ipoh International Waiters Race at the Lost World of Tambun.
This year, the organisers of the event are expecting more than 450 for the fifth edition, which will be held at the Kinta Riverwalk on May 14.
State Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee Chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi said last year saw a record number of participants and this year, she is expecting more participants, especially those from overseas.
“In the first edition, there were only 200 participants and this year, I was told that we might see more than 100 overseas participants.
“The race is getting better every year and I would like to congratulate Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter for mooting this,” she said in her speech during the launch of the fifth edition at the Kinta Riverwalk.
MAH Perak chairman Maggie Ong Mooi Kee said they have contacted hotels in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and Brunei Darussalam for the race and so far, 50 local participants have responded.
“I am expecting more to register after the launch,” she said.
Nolee Ashilin said this year’s edition will be special because the participants will not only race but have the opportunity to see some of the beautiful sights of Sungai Kinta.
The race has received sponsorship from Tourism Perak, Tourism and Culture Ministry, MAH, MAH Perak, Mariwasa Kraftangan, Spritzer, Spurway and many more.
The race aims to promote Ipoh’s tradition in food and services and also to acknowledge the profession in the hospitality industry.
The Classic Tray category is open to professionals working in hotels while the Sportive Tray category is open to quick service waiters from restaurants, pubs and bistros as well as college students and the public. For the Classic Tray category, participants would need to wear their establishment’s uniform while participants for the Sportive Tray need to wear their establishment’s attire and an apron.
Participants for both categories would take part in a 1.2km race and the entry fee for both categories is RM50.
The first prize for the Classic Tray category is RM2,000, followed by RM1,500 (second prize) and RM750 (third prize).
The winner for the Sportive Tray category will win RM1,500, while the first and second runners-up will receive RM1,000 and RM700 respectively.
For details, visit www.ipohwaitersrace.net
Source : The Star Online