Galle Face Hotel Presents ‘Yaalpana Santhai’ – A Gastronomic Journey into Jaffna Cuisine.

Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Galle Face Hotel, an iconic landmark in Sri Lanka’s hospitality sector, is thrilled to unveil the ‘Yaalpana Santhai’ at The Verandah Restaurant. Translating to ‘Jaffna Market’ in English, this two-day Jaffna food festival is scheduled to grace the culinary stage on September 23rd and 24th, 2023.

Jaffna, renowned for its profound culinary legacy and vibrant gastronomic traditions, will be the star of this extraordinary culinary spectacle. The event guarantees to transport you into the heart of Jaffna’s culinary heritage, featuring a tantalizing buffet that pays homage to the best of Jaffna cuisine.

Priced at LKR 7,900 per person, the buffet will be available from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Verandah Restaurant. Nestled adjacent to the iconic ‘Chequerboard’ lawn, this charming venue offers an elegant setting with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The Yaalpana Santhai promises an unparalleled dining experience on the 23rd and 24th of September, providing guests with a unique opportunity to savour the authentic flavours of Jaffna.

Executive Chef at the Galle Face Hotel, Chef Aritha Fernando, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are excited to bring the essence of Jaffna to Colombo with ‘Yaalpana Santhai.’ This event is a celebration of the rich cultural and culinary heritage of Jaffna, and we invite everyone to join us in experiencing the warmth and flavours.”

In addition to the delectable cuisine, attendees will be serenaded by the enchanting melodies of local music and the graceful performances of traditional dancers, creating an ambience of pure authenticity. Furthermore, visitors will have the opportunity to explore and appreciate authentic Jaffna crafts showcased at stalls within the venue, adding an enriching cultural dimension to the dining experience.

At the heart of this exceptional festival lie iconic dishes that embody Jaffna’s culinary excellence. Guests can anticipate savouring traditional delights such as Kaikuthal rice, celebrated for its aromatic and flavourful preparation. Dive into the rich and spicy nandu sodhi (crab curry) that encapsulates the essence of Jaffna’s coastal flavours. Meat enthusiasts will relish the succulence of aatu erachi kulambu (mutton curry), while vegetarians will be captivated by the diversity of Jaffna’s vegetarian offerings showcased in porittha valaikkai kulambu (ash plantain curry). Additionally, the festival will offer dosai, a beloved favourite, to tantalize your taste buds. For those with a sweet tooth, the event promises an array of Northern sweetmeats, including the delectable raya kesari and the ever-popular Laddu and more. These sweet treats will provide the perfect conclusion to your Jaffna culinary journey.

To complement your meal, indulge in traditional beverages, including Naddu Coffee and Nelli Juice, which will be available to enhance your dining experience with authentic flavours and refreshing options.

The Galle Face Hotel extends a warm invitation to all food enthusiasts to partake in this remarkable event. Experience the flavours, aromas, and cultural richness of Jaffna, and let your taste buds embark on an extraordinary culinary voyage. Secure your table now for an unforgettable weekend of gastronomic bliss. For reservations and inquiries, please contact The Verandah Restaurant at +94 11 754 1010 or +94 777 222 135.

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