Kedonganan Customary Village known as a fishing village is also famous as culinary tourism village. There are about 24 cafés offering luscious seafood delicacies that can be encountered along the shoreline of Kedonganan.
I Ketut Madra, the Head of the Village Credit Agency (LPD) of Kedonganan Customary Village said the existence of Kedonganan Beach as a fishery center in Badung was considered by citizens as an opportunity to develop the culinary business. From this evolved a café or grilled seafood stalls that specially provided various kinds of menu along the Kedonganan Beach.
Furthermore, he told the cafés were initially set up individually as the influence of café establishment on Jimbaran Beach. However, those cafés were unable to maximize their potential. As consequence, not a little café was then going bankrupt. In addition, the uncontrolled development resulted in some problems in terms of economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects.
On that account, starting in 2007, the Kedonganan Customary Village supported by Badung Regency arranged the area of Kedonganan Beach. The presence of cafés was then set up properly so they could maximize the potential of local residents. Having passed through a long process, it could be established 24 units of café where the physical construction was financed by LPD of Kedonganan Customary Village amounting to IDR 500 million for working capital and inventory. Overall the capital invested for the café business approximately reached IDR 12 billion.
He said the management of the twenty four cafés was handed over to six customary hamlets existing at Kedonganan Village. Each hamlet was given the right to manage four units of café. It was a strategy to improve the welfare of Kedonganan society through joint efforts by utilizing the village territory located on the coast.
Furthermore, he said that since then known the Kedonganan Beach was well known as a culinary tourism village. The menus on offer comprised the grilled fish, lobster, shrimp, mussels, crab, squid, and supporting menus such as chili-style menus of Kedonganan, water spinach with plecing sauce and some others. Flavor and aroma on offer had its own characteristics that could not be found elsewhere.
Additionally, he said the presence of those cafés also brought in the effect that could improve the economy of local residents such as creating job opportunity as traders of canang oblation, fish, young coconut, side dishes, rice, charcoal as well as provider of transportation services.
Ultimately, the name Kedonganan was then touted in the tourism industry. A number of websites reported about the atmosphere of Kedonganan Beach as an alternative coastal tourist attraction and culinary tourism in Bali. (BTN/kmb)
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