Smacking of strong Swiss flavours at food festival

Aroma of Swiss culture enriches Islamabad: Christoph Bubb
Liaqat Toor

Sunday, November 03, 2013 - Islamabad—The famous Swiss delicacies including Raclette and Buendnerfleisch were there to go crazy at a food festival organised by the Swiss embassy at its premises on Saturday attracting more than one thousand guests from different segments of Pakistani society and members of diplomatic corps.

It was just like Swiss Food Street as mouth-watering melted cheese from Alpine valleys, dried beef, sausages, chocolates and other delicacies were doled out for the visitors on lush green sprawling lawns of the embassy in the bright Sun of the soft wintery day of November.

Special arrangements were made to bring food stuff and chefs from picturesque Switzerland, a very rich country in different varieties of cheese, beef and sausages. The Swiss food festival has become an annual feature in Islamabad, introducing rich Swiss culture to the people of Pakistan. The very well arranged ‘Swiss Mela’ has added beauty to Islamabad.

Giving a festive look, the festival was an absorbing sight as families of members of diplomatic community and Pakistani elite were together, chatting and enjoying Swiss food. This opportunity was provided by elegant and energetic ambassador of Switzerland and his spouse who were moving spirit in the festival, spread over almost the whole day with families coming and leaving with memorable moments.

Attractions were placed for all age groups including children who had fun in the children’s corner.

Briefing mediamen about the festival, the Swiss envoy Christoph Bubb said he was proud to introduce diversity of Swiss culture to Pakistanis. “We have started this activity a couple of years ago and received tremendous response from Pakistanis. We will look into commercializing Swiss food products in Pakistan,” he said. The income generated from food festival will be donated to a school imparting education to marginalised children in Islamabad. He thanked those business concerns which sponsored this activity. A lucky draw was also held for exciting prizes which included famous Swiss watches, air tickets to exciting destinations including Switzerland.

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