3-day Sri Lankan food festival from Feb. 7


KARACHI, Feb 02 (APP):A three-day Sri Lankan food festival, supplemented with cultural show, will be held here at Avari Hotel from February 7, which is expected to attract a large number of people enjoying very much spicy food of Sri Lanka cooked in coconut oil.
The festival will start from 7:30 am which will continue by 11:30 pm during three days.
The festival is being held in collaboration with Avari Hotel and Sri
Lankan Airlines to strengthen the cultural ties between Sri Lanka and Pakistan as a tool to promote Lankan tourism, said Sri Lankan Consul General to Karachi, G.I.Gnanatheva, in a press conference on Friday.
He was flanked by Sri Lankan Airlines’ Country Head Ahmed Mazahim,
General Manager Beach Luxury Hotel Mohammed Azeem Qureshi and General Manager Avari Hotel, Aamir Qazi.
The Consul General said that the food festival and cultural show were in
line with Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day celebrations.
The event would be inaugurated by the Consul General in the presence of
Pakistan’s social and business figures, and diplomats from different countries.
Two popular Sri Lankan chefs would come and specially prepare
traditional Sri Lankan cuisine for the festival; proving a chance to food lovers in Karachi to taste traditional food from Sri Lanka.
Famous musical and dance groups of Sri Lanka would also perform to
project their country’s culture, he said.
‘Besides strengthening the bilateral ties, this event will help present
Sri Lanka as a key tourist destination,’ he remarked.
Sri Lankan Airlines’ Country Head Ahmed Mazahim said that the festival
would prove as a strong tool for bringing the two peoples closer. It would help explore Sri Lankan culture and project its tourism potential.
He said that 34,000 Pakistani tourists visited Sri Lanka last year and
this number was expected to increase to 100,000 within next three years.
General Manager, Beach Luxury Hotel, Mohammed Azeem Qureshi said that
the law and order situation in Pakistan , especially in Karachi, was very satisfactory and it had become attractive for tourists and foreign traders and investors.
‘Now, we should talk about clean and green Pakistan,’ he said.