Heritage Cuisine Demo and Tasting at South Dublin County Council Food Festival
24th Jun 2018. At the initiation of the Nepal Ireland Society, Nepalese community in Ireland participated in the Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival that took place in Rathfarnham Castle Park, Dublin. The event was organized by South Dublin County Council. More than 8,000 local people thronged the event which turned out to be one of the highly attended events of such kind in Dublin.
Amongst many other countries, Nepal’s handicraft stall was a major attraction with a huge array of traditional handmade items such as pashmina shawls, lanterns and bags. As part of Nepal Tourism Board’s Experience Nepal – Cuisine and Culture campaign, the stand also served Nepalese Heritage Cuisine - Wo (Lentil Pancake), Aloo Sadeko (Potato Salad), Rajma Simi (Fried Red Kidney beans) and Lamb Chhoyela for tasting. The visitors were enthralled by the colourful Nepalese Handicrafts and appreciated the taste of the cuisine.
Another segment in Nepal’s participation at the food festival comprised of Nepalese Heritage Cuisine live cooking demonstration. This was done by Mr. Bal Krishna Shrestha, a Nepalese chef who works in Radisson Blu in Dublin. The fully booked Irish audience keenly observed the preparation of Bara (Lentil Pancakes) and Lamb Chhoyela (Lamb Salad). They were inquisitive and full of praise when the prepared food was served to the audience.
NRN-Ireland co-ordinated the cultural performances at the event. Three Nepalese dances were performed on stage in front of thousands of local people. The performances from Nepalese artists were very energetic, the audience were seen dancing along with them, despite the language barrier.
The president of Nepal Ireland Society and the Chief Co-ordinator of Experience Nepal – Cuisine and Culture campaign Mr. Deepesh Man Shakya said – “The participation in the food festival was very successful and meaningful. It helped to showcase Nepalese culture, food and handicrafts in Ireland”. Mr. Shakya added the society is planning to participate in similar other events in future to promote Nepal and many wonders that this country holds.