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The World Spice Food festival 2012 which saw its launch on the 4th October is in full swing at the "Board Walk" in Battaramulla. Thousands of local and foreign food connoisseurs, professionals in the food and beverage industry, chefs and even housewives visit the festival to taste, learn and appreciate this unique culinary celebration. Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited the event last evening.
The wonderful environs of the 'Diyatha Uyana' adds much colour to the event. Visitors can treat their taste buds to a fantastic array of Sri Lanka's finest spicy food in a tranquil, spacious and colouful outdoor environment. Not only can one feast on the food but also the venue is a feast for the eyes. Diyatha Uyana has become the new center of attraction of family outings in Colombo. Secretary Defence who envisaged the creation of this multi faceted project has taken much interest in developing greener, cleaner, safer and people friendly cities.
The World Spice Food Festival" is held with the objective of creating more dining options for both locals and international tourists. It has emerged as an annual event publicizing internationally our reputation of being a country blessed abundantly with spices. The Spice Food Festival has been in the calendar of events of Sri Lanka Tourism since 2005.The event is organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority with the participation of local and foreign signature chefs in Colombo five star Hotels & designated Restaurants.
This time around visitors including tourists who are in transit or holidaying in Sri Lanka have an opportunity to enjoy variety of delectable cuisine from Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Pakistan, China, Japan, Singapore, Middle eastern and Latin American not forgetting the Sri Lankan specialties. One of the highlights of the World Spice Food Festival is the hawker's street. Live music and cookery demonstrations, cooking competitions such as Batticaloa Prawn curry (Colombo Culinary Challenge), Kottu Championship, Mocktail, Cocktail competitions and special cultural performances have also being held giving a truly unforgettable dining experience for the visitors.
The present peaceful atmosphere has enabled the holding of international events in the country. Recently the country saw hundreds of dignitaries from more than 50 countries converging in Colombo to attend the highly commended Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference. The holding of such events not only highlight the peaceful situation in Sri Lanka but also help build better understanding of the country, its culture and people.
The Food Festival will draw to an end today (07th October).