'Food Festival'– Heathrow Athula Dassana Multi-Cultural Buddhist Communty Centre

Athula Dassana Multi-Cultural Buddhist Community Centre held their 4th food festival successfully at the Lampton School, Lampton Avenue, on Saturday 1st of March 2014.

This day was special as not only for all Sri Lankans but also other communities. Devotees and other members of the community could remember the past event of food festivals organised by this Buddhist organisation under the guidance of the head of the temple Ven. Wanduramba Kassapa Thero.

“Blend of Delicacies 2014” was a fundraising event, organised with the aim of contributing towards the community development projects of Athula Dassana Multi-Cultural Buddhist Community Centre, which enhances the way of the life of needy children & youngsters in Sri Lanka. At “Blend of Delicacies 2014”, all communities had an extreme opportunity to experience various Sri Lankan food items and enjoy an Authentic Sri Lankan Buffet.

The main sponsor of the event was LycaFly. Mr. Prasad Rosa of the company and his team gave us great support for our event. Also special thanks to all the devotees of our Buddhist centre who have up there busy schedules to make our event a success.

Ven. Wanduramba Kassapa and the honoured guests, Mr Prasad Rosa - Managing Director Lycafly, Indika Gamage - IT Manageer Lycafly, Dr.Nishanie Bajramović (BDS) - Estetica Dental Clinic, Camberley, Tina Vlok, Iranganie Samarakoon, Sugandi Ekanayaka, Dishan Nanayakkara, Rangith Rathnasiri, lit the traditional oil lamp and started the event.

We had a great selection of traditional Sri Lankan foods which was a prepared by the Buddhist Centre. Special thanks to the chefs, Iranganie Samarakoon, Menaka Amarathunga, Rangith & Sharmalie Rathnasiri. The ticketing help was provided by Pradeepa Walikannage, Asela Perera, Nadeera Adikari. The guests had an opportunity to buy traditional Sri-Lankan crafts, where all proceeds went to our fund raising. Mrs Tina Vlok from the Estetica Dental Clinic provided complimentary Holisitic massage treatments for the guests. We offered food carving with Sanjay Indunil.

There was entertainment in the form of an auction, where the prize was a pair of designer unisex sunglasses. A raffle was also held where the first prize was a session of Holistic treatments with Mrs Tina Vlok, worth £150.

The guests all enjoyed the entertainment and the friendly relaxed atmosphere. Sri-Lankan and English DJ music was provided by Mr.Dishan Nanayakkara.

Approximately 250 visitors came to the food festival. The devotees of the temple and sponsors great support made the event successful.

The Buddhist centre opened on the 7th of July 2011 and has held a number of various religious, cultural and social services within its first year. In 2012 the Buddhist centre had its first experience of the food festival. Today it continues to provide an annual, relaxing evening fest for our local community.

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