As a person who loves her food, I think we need a really good food festival which can cater to everyone. Not just the 5 stars or the somewhat expensive places. We need one location in which we can eat from the wade guy from galle face to probably hot butter cuttle fish from chinese dragon. Hawkers street which is conducted by the CMC on a monthly basis started off with a lot of potential but then just died down because they just continued it for the sake of doing it. I think the following venture from the guys from Lanka Event Management is definitely going to be a success as they are doing it with the intention of continuing it annually.
Taste of Colombo is the upcoming Colombo Street Festival, organized with the intentions of making it an Annual International Event that will attract the tourists, local community and also local businessmen. The event is produced by Lanka Event Management team; the event management arm of Lanka Hotels and Travels (Private) Limited which is a subsidiary of Lanka Ice Holdings.
Taste of Colombo is much different to a standard food festival as it brings together the National Taste in terms of history, heritage, arts, crafts and culture. This venture is set forth with the intentions of promoting local tourism to the international customer while creating a gathering place for the local community as well. The event will be held for three days and is open to the public, both local and foreign, absolutely Free of Charge.
Invited approximately 75-100 different food vendors ranging from star category hotels, leading restaurants, catering services, bakers, pastry shops as well as street stalls to participate at this year’s inaugural event. There will also be an equal representation of stalls showcasing traditional trade along the lines of batik, handloom, paintings, wood carvings, handicrafts, masks, tea, spices, ayurveda and travel agents …etc. A special segment of cultural activities such as a mini-perehera, puppet show, traditional dances and drum acts, papare band and street drama (veedi natya) is also lined up on a daily basis to ensure that the foreign patrons are treated to a complete array of local tastes including entertainment as well.
Not forgetting our love for the game of Cricket as well, there will be two giant screens playing the Finals of the ICC World Cup on the last day of the festival which will convert into a complete street party. For more information visit their website www.tasteofcolombo.com or visit their facebook group.
I love food, but then again who doesn’t? When Urban Kitchen first opened up I was very impressed. It looked like a food court with a lot of class to it. The first time I ate there I was amazed at the quality of the food. The service was excellent and the waiters were so friendly and the food was simply delicious. Some time back waffle introduced rice ball and I to the chocolate cupcake they had there and it was simply divine.
I don’t exactly remember when it was opened but i guess its been a couple of years since its been in existence. The last time I visited UK was a few weeks back. It was a Sunday and there was hardly a crowd which was quite surprising to me as I always remember the place being packed.
So rice ball and I were accompanied by two of our friends “brown bread” and brownie. We found some comfortable couches and relaxed into them. Since we were famished after an eventful day of pictionary we ordered some wine, a pizza, fried calamari and another chicken dish which I don’t remember as it was quite forgetful. It took us half an hour after we were ready to order for the waiter to take our orders. They completely ignored us even though we got the attention of three different waiters and each one kept saying they will take it soon. My patience was on a very very thin line as I was getting angrier every second i got hungrier. It came to that point that rice ball walked up to the manager and went can you please take our order since everyone else is ignoring us. The shocked manager didn’t really know what to do with himself and since he was a very friendly person he made sure we were looked into immediately.
The pizza came out in a mere 15 to 20 mins and we were quite impressed. It tasted quite delicious and riceball and brownie were quite happy with their meal. Now while this was happening BB and I were waiting and waiting and waiting for our food. I mean how long does friend calamari take to fry? I have made it at home and it doesnt take too long. After one hour of waiting I couldnt take it anymore and brownie went up to the head chef and told them in the most politest way that we were still waiting for our food.
So when we finally got it, it all looked very appetizing. And then we tasted it. My calamari was RAW! it was like chewing rubber. To be honest rubber would have been easier. So after all that wait I got raw food. We returned it and ordered the safest option. A pizza. Atleast I knew that would be cooked.
All in all I had a terrible experience there, specially for someone who loved their food and always promoted it. Its weird how no matter how many wonderful times you have in one place, one bad experience can put you off completely.
So if I was to rate UK I would give it a
1/2 out of 5 for service
2 out of 5 for food