Tanah Lot tourism management is relaunching its art and culinary festival, which had been put on hold since 2020’s Covid-19 pandemic, and will be held for four days from June 22-25, according to reporting from Tempo.
This year, the organizing committee is anticipating 25,000 tourists to visit a day with music and art entertainment at night said Tanah Lot manager I Wayan Sudiana.
Currently, around 5,000 domestic and foreign tourists visit Tanah Lot every day. “As usual, the entrance tickets are only charged from the morning until the afternoon. For those who aim to do religious activities at the Temple, it will be free of charge,” Sudiana said.
The hope is that the Tanah Lot Festival will help revive tourism after the pandemic as Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s leading tourist destinations, especially for mass tourism.
At the 4th Tanah Lot Festival, the committee will specifically present classical dances such as the Condong Dance, Oleg Tamulilingan Dance, Kebyar Sat Dance, Trunajaya Dance, and Legong Kraton Dance, say Tempo.
The organizer of the event, Anak Agung Ngurah Gede Arya Tenaya, said that apart from art and entertainment, there will also be unique culinary exhibitions. “There will be a cooking demonstration of lak-lak, a snack made of processed duck meat that resembles pancakes with a predominant salty and savory taste,” he said. In addition, there would be food stands selling Tabanan Regency specialties.
The organizers are expecting IDR 2.5-billion of transactions during the event. The last time the event was held in 2020, transactions reached IDR 2-billion, report Tempo.
Arya Tenaya added that the organizing committee of the 2023 Tanah Lot Festival are targeting 80-percent local and domestic visitors and 20-percent foreigners.