Chennai, February 23: Intenational food carnival 2016 festival was successfully organised at Amir Mahal in Royapettah (Chennai) by Round Table 94 in association with Arcot Foundation. The festival aimed to generate funds which would be used to rehabilitate those affected by the recent floods. The festival was proved prominent in enriching tastebuds of the city residents.
With more than 25 stalls offering not only local cuisine but also dishes from USA, Russia and Malaysia, there were plenty of food options.
All people had to do was enter the venue after purchasing a ticket and then get inside to obtain tokens after paying the amount. The next step was easy: go to any food stall and obtain the dishes in exchange for the tokens.
“The food carnival comes with a concept of welfare. He had given the venue (Amir Mahal) for this noble cause. We hope the benefits generated out of this event would reach those in need to make their lives better," Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali said.
Consulates general were present in their respective country stalls to give away food items to the customers. It was a pleasant surprise for the guests when they came to know that they were being served by the consulates general themselves.
“We were approached by Mohammed Asif Ali, dewan to the Prince of Arcot, for taking part in the carnival. A few of us came together at the consulate and made very typical, American, home-made cookies and brought them here”, Phillip Min, consulate general of USA in Chennai, said.
“As it was all for charity, we are selling them for nominal prices so that many can buy them to generate funds for charity," Min added.
Apart from American cookies, visitors delighted themselves with wood fired pizzas too with the help of Uncle Sam's Kitchen. A stove was set up where heat was generated by firewood to make veg pizza, margherita pizza and chicken pizza.
Marshall, party incharge at Uncle Sam's Kitchen, said “Using firewood can get a pizza ready with a good taste in 3 to 4 minutes compared to the 7 or 8 minutes when made on a gas stove or an oven”, Marshall, party incharge at Uncle Sam's Kitchen, said.