No Outside Food Allowed

Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures. During the early days of Malaya, people from all over the world were invited to come in and help build a new nation, in exchange for a better life. In droves they came, bringing along their skills, their traditions and best of all, their food. Once strange and foreign, they form the backbone of the Malaysia we know now – a colourful, thriving country bursting with character and potential.

In collaboration with Picha Project, we’re riding on our collective love of food to bring both Malaysians and ‘outsiders’ together. No Outside Food Allowed celebrates the cuisines of some of the most hardworking people in Malaysia with a one-night only dinner event at the festival prepared by refugees – featuring cuisines that will one day weave itself into the rich tapestry of Malaysian life. Come for the food, stay for their stories.

Saturday 19 August 2017

White Box, [email protected]

  • Dinner starts at 7:30PM
  • RM80 per head
  • Floor-seating

Bookings required:


This event is co-hosted with Picha Project.


Junk Food

Malaysians love food. We travel far and wide for the best chicken rice, binge-watch food channels and obsessively seek out the latest in cafes and restaurants. But still, we waste 15,000 tonnes of food per day – enough to feed two million people. For a nation that loves food, why do we waste so much of it?

At The Cooler Lumpur Festival, we’re taking what you’re throwing away and putting it right back into your bellies. Junk Food lets you pick up free fruits and vegetables grown from food waste donated by partner restaurants. We probably won’t be able to feed two million people – but that won’t stop us from trying.

18-20 August 2017

The Square, Publika Shopping Gallery