Sri Lanka tribal recipes to entice tourists

Sept 23, 2011 (LBO) – A well-known Sri Lankan chef is to offer food made according to exotic recipes of the island’s indigenous ‘veddah’ community to entice tourists during forthcoming celebrations to mark World Tourism Day. Sri Lanka is experiencing a boom in tourist arrivals after the end of the island’s 30-year ethnic war in 2009. Publis De Silva, the Mount Lavinia Hotel’s director of culinary affairs and long-serving chef, said the tribal community had many uncommon recipes which he had studied.

“I will prepare and offer food made from 20 Veddah recipes during the World Tourism Day celebrations on September 27,” he told Vimasuma.com, our sister news website.

One of them would be a dessert that includes bees honey, which the Veddahs are known to collect.

The Veddahs are an indigenous tribe whose numbers have dwindled to only a few hundred and who now are being largely assimilated into mainstream society.