May 25, 2013 | 07:49 PM (BD Time)
25 May, 2013 Saturday
Bengali food festival held to attract tourism
. BSS, Dhaka
A tempting food festival with 255 traditional Bangladeshi items was held in the capital on Saturday to promote 'Culinary or Food Tourism' at home and abroad.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) and National Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (NHTTI) organized the festival with the cooperation of Pran group. Experienced chefs of BPC and 61 trainees of NHTTI prepared food items for the festival.
The banquet hall of Abakash Hotel, one of the commercial units of the BPC at capital's Mohakhali, assumed a different look with huge ranges of Bengali food including varieties of rice, vegetable, spicy fish and meat.
At the festival, uncommon but traditional juice, pickles and deserts including 'payesh' and 'pithas' drew huge attention of the visitors. Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister M Faruk Khan inaugurated the food festival while BPC Chairman Hemayetuddin Talukder spoke as special guest.
BPC director Jamal Abdun Naser, Category Manager of Pran Group Farhan Rashid also spoke at the function, moderated by the coordinator of the festival Pervez Ahmed Chowdhury, a manager of BPC.
Faruk Khan said the traditional Bengali foods with different kinds of spices and ingredients could be a major tool to attract foreign tourist in the country as Bangladeshi cuisines have already established themselves as popular food brand in the developed countries.
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