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Following the acts of terror that took place on Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) have continued to engage with high-level government officials and tourism stakeholders in order to assess the current situation and have taken necessary steps to ensure all possible assistance is provided to tourists in need of help.

At the 11th International Chef Challenge concluded at the Reagan International Trade Centre in Washington DC on 02nd April 2019, Chef, Anuradha Wijesinghe who represented the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington DC, won the People’s Choice Silver Award. This is the first time an officer from the Sri Lankan Embassy has been bestowed such an award by the International Chef Challenge since its inception in 2007. 

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington had the distinct pleasure of hosting the media preview dinner of the 11th International Chef Challenge at the Sri Lanka Residence in Washington DC on 20th March 2019.

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Sri Lanka presented its authentic culinary at the Annual Embassy Chef Challenge held on May 24th at the International Trade Center in the Ronald Regan Building in Washington DC.

At this well attended annual event over 30 Embassy Chefs showcased their culinary talents with food preparation skills and signature delicacies of each country.

Sri Lanka was represented by the Embassy Chef Anuradha Wijesinghe, who received public compliments for his spicy kottu with chicken curry for its taste and presentation.  All participating Chefs were required to present one pre-prepared food item for sampling and for consumption by visitors.

The Embassy Chef Challenge event was a yet another platform for portraying Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage and attractive tourist sites. At the Sri Lankan culinary stall, an awareness program on Ceylon Cinnamon and Ceylon Tea was conducted which received appreciation by the visitors.

The Embassy Chef Challenge event organized by the Cultural Tourism DC (CTDC) offers a rare opportunity to showcase authentic food by Embassy affiliated Chefs across oceans during the month of May as a part of month long celebration of international cultural awareness.

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Recognizing the importance of ever increasing tea market in the United States, Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tea Board organized roadshows in New York and Washington to promote Ceylon Tea with special focus on Brand Promotions and distinguishing the difference in flavour, strength and aroma of the different agro climatic regional teas of Sri Lanka. A Ceylon Tea Pavilion at the Sumer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest food and beverage fair at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center in New York, with the participation of Bogawantalawa Tea Marketing (Pvt) Ltd., Anverally & Sons (Pvt) Ltd., Euro-Scan Exports (Pvt) Ltd., Shan Teas (Pvt) Ltd., Fresh Tea Exports (Pvt) Ltd., Enrich Tea & Food Export (Pvt) Ltd. and Ceylon Tenny Teas (Pvt) Ltd, together with Sri Lanka Tea Board displayed a wide range of value added Ceylon tea products attracting many visitors. Minister of Planation Industries Navin Dissanayake, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam and Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Rohan Perera and Chairman Sri Lanka Tea Board Rohan Pethiyagoda graced the opening of the promotional event at this show. A Business Networking dinner held in Sri Lanka Mission in New York sponsored by the Sri Lanka Tea Board created a platform for the visiting Sri Lanka Tea exporters for interaction with the key stakeholders of the Tea Industry in the United States. Minister Dissanayake delivering keynote address at this event stated that with the anticipated increase in tea consumption in the United States, the Sri Lankan Tea Industry can explore new business collaboration to increase Ceylon Tea market share in the United States.Leading importers, distributes, Tea industry media personnel and Officials of the US Tea Association attended the business networking session. Sri Lanka delegation led by Minister Navin Dissanayake joined the breakfast seminar profiling Ceylon Tea held at the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce on 28th June with a large gathering of tea connoisseurs, tea trade members and media personnel. A presentation on Ceylon Tea was made at this seminar by Honorary Tea Ambassador for Sri Lanka in North America, Mr. David De Candia, followed by a documentary film on Sri Lanka tea industry, as well as a tea tasting session of regional teas of Sri Lanka, with a range of specialty regional Sri Lankan teas to taste. On June 29th the first ever “Ceylon Tea Festival” in Washington DC was held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka and inaugurated by Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake. Walters Bay, Baily’s Tea, Basilur Tea, Tekola, AMBA Estate, VDM Trading (Pvt) Ltd, BPL Tea Pvt Ltd, together with Sri Lanka Tea Board, displayed a wide range of Ceylon Tea products, offering hot and iced tea varieties for the consumers to taste. Over 150 selected invitees comprising of relevant stakeholders, including President of the United States Tea Association Peter Goggi, Senior Officials of the United States, leading importers, retailers and media personnel were in attendance. Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam in his welcome address highlighting the significance of this first ever Ceylon Tea Festival in Washington DC, emphasized the unique characteristics of Ceylon Tea as a beverage with numerous health benefits, a product with a focus on quality and produced with social responsibility, Sri Lanka is offering tea with a conscience to give the best to the United States consumers for their health and drinking pleasure. Launching of the Commercial advertisement on “Ceylon Tea” as part of the global promotional campaign of Ceylon Tea by Minister Navin Dissanayake and his keynote remarks alluding to excellent bilateral political and trade relations between the United States and Sri Lanka were the highlights of the Ceylon Tea Festival. A detailed presentation on Ceylon Tea was made by Premala Srikantha, Director Promotion of the Sri Lanka Tea Board at the events held in New York and Washington DC. Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C. July 1, 2016 [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuEkGZ9TrmE[/embedyt]   [image title="pic1" size="full" id="9022" align="right" linkto="viewer" ] Hon. Minister addressing the gathering From the left : Mr. Peter Goggi, President, Tea Council of USA, Inc. H.E. Prasad Kariyawasam, Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the USA Mr. Dhammika Ranatunga, Director, Ministry of Plantation Industries Mr. Rohan Pethiyagoda, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tea Board Mr. James M. Connelly, Principal, Summit Commercial Real Estate [image title="pic2" size="full" id="9024" align="right" linkto="viewer" ] Displaying of Ceylon Tea From the left : Mr. Rohan Pethiyagoda, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tea Board Mr. Peter Goggi, President, Tea Council of USA, Inc. Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries of Sri Lanka H.E. Prasad Kariyawasam, Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the USA Mr. David De Candia, Honorary Ceylon Tea Ambassador to the North America [image title="All Pic 02" size="full" id="9028" align="right" linkto="viewer" ]
Sri Lanka as a destination for US tourists received a boost at the 7th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge gala this week at the International Trade Center in the elegant Ronald Reagan building in Washington DC.Washington DC, May 22: Sri Lanka as a destination for US tourists received a boost at the 7th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge gala this week at the International Trade Center in the elegant Ronald Reagan building in Washington DC. At this event, over a dozen Embassy Chefs displayed their culinary skills and presented their signature food preparations to compete for the Judges' Choice and People's Choice Awards. Sri Lanka, represented by the Embassy Chef Tuan Buran, presenting his Spicy Chicken Kottu received accolades and was popular among visitors. All participating Chefs were required to present one pre-prepared food item for sampling and for consumption by visitors. The Embassy food booth at the event depicted Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage and attractive tourist sites. At the Sri Lankan booth, an awareness programme on Ceylon Cinnamon was conducted for visitors, participating Chefs and Judges to provide first-hand information on quality Cinnamon with sampling of “Pure Ceylon Cinnamon”. The Embassy Chef Challenge is part of a month-long celebration of international cultural awareness during the month of May conducted by the Cultural Tourism DC (CTDC). [gallery order="DESC" columns="4"]

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