On Friday, 2nd and Saturday 3rd December, 2016, the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka, under the guidance of H. E. Priyanee Wijesekera and with the precious support of the Sri Lankan Community of Vienna, participated to the United Nations Women Guild Charity Bazaar at the Vienna Conference Center. For the first time since seven years, Sri Lanka operated not only a Restaurant Stall, but also a National Goods stall to promote Sri Lankan products and industries.
Moreover, a Sri Lankan dancing group, performing traditional Sri Lankan dances in authentic dresses, attracted the visitors of this special event.
This very popular event where about 150 nations were represented with their stalls and which was visited by more than 50.000 people, was coordinated by Mr. Namal Wijeyamuni Zoysa, Second Secretary of this Mission,.
The Bazaar started with a soft opening of the National Goods Stalls on Friday evening. This soft opening was attended by staff members of United Nations as well as Austrians.
At the food stall, more than 500 rations of delicious Sri Lankan specialities, provided by members of the Community, where served by Embassy Staff and Community Members to the gathering. Also Sri Lankan Tea was served to the visitors of the Bazaar.
On the first floor of the hall, the Embassy operated the National Goods Stall. There, tea, jewellery and decorative carving were exhibited and sold to the public. People were attracted by the exhibited items, and already by 04 p.m., the stall staff had to flag “Sold- out!”.
Visitors of the bazaar were specially attracted by the large variety of tea, especially loose tea, for which Sri Lanka is the bench mark.
Vienna, 13th December, 2016