As a welcome to the 2008 IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the Department of Economic Development have selected 24 local food retailers to set up their booths around the ticket box for athletes and visitors, where volunteer translators would like to help retailers overcome the language barriers in providing home-like services.
The Market Management Division, hosting the retail fair, pointed out that 24 businesses would provide some very special local food, including intestine and chitterlings rolls, sausages, fried noodles, meet ball soup, crispy shrimp, steamed meat buns, wonton soup, types of soy sauce cooked side dishes, preserved meats, thin oyster noodles, sticky rice dumplings, octopus balls, crispy sliced fish, intestine soup, roasted king oyster mushrooms, roasted corn, pineapple shortcakes, almond slices, fresh juices, nuts, and preserved plums.
The above businesses were outstanding ones selected from the 2006 and 2007 Street Food Championships, and paid close attention to uniforms, appearance, courtesy, and sanitation in addition to their cooking skills. To shorten the distance between business and customer, some college students, with English majors, were recruited to be translation volunteers.
There were 8 countries, such as Taiwan, Korea, Austria, Canada, Spain, Britain, South Africa, and Mexico participating in the Tournament held from March 7th to 14th.