Sunday Territorian

Record entries for laksa

- THOMAS MORGAN

THERE’S been a surge in the number of venues wanting their dishes included in the upcoming Darwin Laksa Internatio­nal Festival.

With several weeks to go until the month-long celebratio­n of the delicious dish kicks off, more than 60 participan­ts have registered more than 80 laksa-inspired dishes.

That eclipses the 49 participan­ts and 61 dishes put forward in 2020, which itself was a better result than its inaugural month in 2019.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said he hoped the numbers showed an increase in enthusiasm for supporting local businesses during a typically quiet time of year.

“It’s about jobs and continuing to support local over the traditiona­lly quiet season,” Mr Gunner said.

“It’s exciting to see this event Territoria­ns know and love so much getting bigger, better and spicier every year.”

Small Business Minister Paul Kirby said the festival drove increased foot traffic to the CBD and helped Territoria­ns discover new restaurant­s.

A new ‘Best Regional Laksa’ category was added for 2021.

Businesses can register their laksa creations at the website: laksafesti­val.nt.gov.au

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