Food fair a flavour­some feast

Central Leader - - News -

Food­ies can in­dulge their taste­buds with ex­otic dishes at the up­com­ing Asian Food Fair.

Held by the Auck­land Ther­avada Bud­dhist As­so­ci­a­tion, the fundrais­ing event is in its 28th year and fea­tures dishes from Burma, In­dia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thai­land.

This year’s fair will be held at the Free­mans Bay Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Pon­sonby on Satur­day at noon and or­gan­is­ers are ex- pect­ing a crowd of thou­sands.

Some food is cooked on the spot and peo­ple start arriving from 11am to make sure they get to sam­ple the dishes.

There will also be a raf­fle, with a tra­di­tional Sri Lankan gem­stone neck­lace worth $1300 as first prize, an orig­i­nal framed land­scape paint­ing worth $800 for sec­ond prize and Sri Lankan gem­stone ear­rings val­ued at $650 for third prize.

It will be drawn by MPs Chris Carter, Ju­dith Tizard and Carol Beau­mont.

The money raised from the food fair will go to­wards de­vel­op­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s monastery in Bom­bay so peo­ple can stay for med­i­ta­tion re­treats. Money will also go to­wards re­for­est­ing the area.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the as­so­ci­a­tion, go to www.vimutti.

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