The Open Day of General Sir John Kotelawela Defence University marks a special day in the University’s annual calendar. It was held on the 9th of September with much grandeur at the university premises for the fourth consecutive year.
The Open Day is where the university takes pride in exhibiting what it has to offer for the young generation of Sri Lanka who habours skills, endeavors & brains. The day is all about showcasing the rare opportunity to study in a defence university, in a hassle free academic environment while gaining novel experience with civil & military undergraduates. This provides a great opportunity for those who are interested in pursuing their higher studies at KDU.
Apart from guidance & assistance given to visitors, there were also various events organized by the day-scholars & the cadet officers; out of which the; International Food Festival was one of the main attractions of the day which stole the spotlight. The International Food Festival is an International Service project organized by the Rotaract Club of the university, to build International Relations & cultural Understanding among the students of various cultures of the university.
This festival presented an opportunity for both local & foreign students to put up stalls with authentic cuisine & diverse delicacies from around the world. It provided a platform to showcase traditional food from their native countries. Which in turn provided an opportunity for everyone to take a trip around the world without the actual traveling.
Stalls covered countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, the Middle East, Nepal, Arabia, India, Zambia & our very own Sri Lankan stalls. The air was filled with various alluring aromas that drew in many people, curious to try the exotic food that was displayed. An array food from fried arthropods such as caterpillars & cockroaches to comfort food like a good old slice of pizza & a plate of Naan with dhal curry to sizzling Kottu.
The Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawela Defence University along with the rotaractors of the Allied Health Sciences Faculty, organized stalls with traditional Sri Lankan foods. A variety of street food along with healthy food were displayed respectively in each stall. Faculty of Allied Health (FAHS) were considerate on making certain those who had an early start without breakfast, didn’t roam around without a healthy start to a productive day providing Kadala & a healthy drink of Saruwath.
While the Rotaract Club stall, focused on giving the necessary action punch to kickstart what was going to be a tiring day indeed, with a mix of Sinhala Achcharu & Fresh Juice with an action station for Kottu- an ideal option for those who wonder around the exhibition- a quick fix of spicy takeaway to add a bounce to their step. Our rotaractors indeed showcased their culinary skills by producing mouthwatering irresistable portions of Kottu, which had the crowd coming asking for more. We did indeed have our masterchef moment.
All in all, the Open Day & the International Food Festival went hand-in-hand successfully & the goal of giving out knowledge & satisfaction of people were achieved. We hope to see you at the next International Food Festival to have your palates tingled & your cravings satisfied.
Article by Co-Editor Vibodha Rathnayake