The colorful Pakistan Food Festival and single country exhibition is underway for the third consecutive year. The food festival is being held at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo and was launched on 10 January while the single country exhibition is tobe launched on 12 January. Both the events are to be held till Sunday, 14 January. The Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said that the two events are being held for the third consecutive year following the success achieved in 2016 as well as 2017.
The Pakistan Single Country Exhibition is organized by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) in association with the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka and is to be opened on Friday by President Maithripala Sirisenawho is Chief Guest at the occasion. A highlight of the exhibition this year is a special stall dedicated to material related to the Gandhara and Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan. “Here for the first time Sri Lankans would be able to witness the splendid Legacy of Pakistan,” the Pakistan High Commission said in a statement. “DVDs containing documentaries, leaflets as well as books and other material will be distributed free of cost among the general public,” it added.
Also featured at the exhibition and trade fair would be leading Pakistani organizations and manufacturers of Engineering Products, Auto Parts, Agro Products, Textile & Clothing, Designer Wear, Handicrafts, Traditional Textiles, Cosmetics, Herbal Products, Pharmaceuticals, Cutlery, Gems, Jewellery, Furniture, Carpets, Marble and Services.
Meanwhile, the five-day Food Festival showcasing a wide range of authentic Pakistani cuisine is held under the direction of Pakistan’s celebrity chef Asad Latif who is a television personality and one of the most well-known chefs of Pakistan.
The Food Festival was formally opened on Wednesday by Sri Lanka’s Minister for Tourism John Amaratunga along with the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat. Speaking at the event High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat said that Pakistani cuisine is known for its taste, variety and richness, which is a refined blend of local culinary traditions that finds its roots in the wider South Asia, Middle East, and Central Asian region. He further commented on the diversity of Pakistani food stating that it has a vibrant and unique amalgam of the rich, spicy and highly seasoned cuisine from its various regions, like Punjab, Kashmir and Sindh, with the mildly spicy and aromatic recipes from Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.