Date : 07 - 09 November 2008
The Cinnamon Festival 2008 will be held from the 7th to the 9th November at the Arked Hall, Keningau. It is to be officiated by YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, the Chief Minister of Sabah.
Among the interesting activities awaiting visitors are the agricultural product competition, Bintang Koningau 2008 competition, Cinnamon Teh Tarik competition, Cinnamon Beauty Queen competition, fishing competition, and Body Builder competition.
Apart from that, visitors may look forward to visiting the exhibition stalls which are open for viewing from 8.00am to 5.30pm. There will also be exciting performances by local artistes as well as beautiful fireworks display.
Swing by for an excellent spicy time!
Contact Person : Tuan Haji Zulkifli Nasir, Pegawai Daerah Keningau
Telephone : +6087 301507 (D.O) / 331519 / 301509
Fax : +087 331535
Source: Sabah Tourism
ED NOTE: The name Keningau derives from the word ‘Koningau' which means cinnamon, hence the Cinnamon festival. Cinnamon tress were once found in abundance in Keningau and the district used to be the main producer of the crop. The history of cinnamon, also known as "Kayu Manis", goes back a long way to the Ming Dynasty which established a trade relations with the Brunei sultanate which ruled most of Sabah before the British East India Company came over in 1881. Koningau is a popular term among the Hokkien community, of course derived from the cinnamon tree. The cinnamon is said to be a popular ingredient for food items, as well as traditional Chinese medicine in China and the Asia Pacific region. But sadly, the trees are now endermic in the district.