Sri Lankan Food festival and dancing performances were organized by the Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan in collaboration with the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Bureau and Mihin Lanka Airline. Sri Lankan Food and Cultural festival were inaugurated on 04th December 2015, presenting an opportunity to people of Lahore, Pakistan for tasting the authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and witnessing the traditional dancing.
Hon. Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, Minister for Finance, Excise and Taxation of Punjab Government graced the occasion as the chief guest and Mrs. Wijayanthi Edirisinghe Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Mr. Nadeem Zia Pirzada Honorary Counsel of Sri Lanka in Lahore, Mr. Hazif Gardhazi, General Manager of Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore, Mr. Manoj Mendis, Country Manager of Mihin Lanka airline and others were lit the Sri Lankan traditional oil lamp followed by a Press conference before inauguration of the festival.
The Punjab Minister Mr. Shuja ur Rehman appreciated the efforts of arranging such a food and cultural festival which would create awareness amongst the people of Pakistan about Sri Lanka’s diverse, colourful and attractive tourist places, cuisine and other tradition. Addressed the event Minister said that people of Sri Lanka and Pakistan relations always close and cordial in historically and both counties enjoy relations in different fields .
Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka addressed at the opening ceremony said that the basic objective of this event is to create awareness regarding the Sri Lankan food, its rich culture and to provide an entertainment opportunity to the people of Lahore. She said Sri Lanka is a country with natural beauty, rich in culture, heritage and religion which are ideal destination for tourists. Sri Lanka has the capability of catering for all segments in the market. With the tremendous growth in Sri Lanka's tourism industry, the government has identified Pakistan as a key market to promote tourism.
A Sri Lanka dance troupe presented performance with traditional drums and live music during the festival including Magul Bera, Pooja Dance Naga Gurulu, Wannam, Telme, Tea Dance, Salupaliya, folk - Kulu Dance, Ves Dance and others. The opening ceremony was attended diplomats, members of Punjab government, government officials, business community, academic community, Sri Lankan community and media.
During week festival, Hotel will offer an authentic Sri Lankan culinary featuring the choicest of delicacies from Sri Lanka. Ceylon teas were distributed among the visitors. The hotel has been decorated with Sri Lankan flags and theme.