As part of its public diplomacy activities and to further popularise Pakistani mangoes in Turkey, the Embassy of Pakistan organised “Pakistan Mango & Biryani Festival” in Ankara on Friday afternoon.
According to a statement issued by the embassy on the occasion: "A large number of guests attended the event and had a first-hand experience of the taste, juiciness and aroma of the famous Pakistani mangoes as well as biryani made from the famous Pakistani basmati rice."
Key political figures, fruit importers, diplomats and media representatives attended the event.
The festival included fresh mango and mango cuts as well as a wide range of mango delicacies such as mango milkshake, mango lassi, mango ice cream, mango salad, mango soufflé, mango mousse, mango pudding, and mango cake.
Selected Pakistani music lent further festivity to the occasion. As part of the event, a photographic display of Pakistan's natural beauty was also included.
Welcoming the guests, Pakistan Ambassador to Turkey M Syrus Sajjad Qazi said that Pakistan is the 5th largest producer and the 6th largest exporter of mangoes.
“We Pakistanis call mango the ‘king of fruits’ and it is among the sweetest fruits on the face of the earth,” the Ambassador said.
“Chaunsa is the most popular variety — and we are serving the White Chaunsa today,” the Ambassador said, as he addressed a sizable audience.
He hoped that such events will soon allow the availability of Pakistani mangoes to lovers of the fruit in Turkey.
Ambassador Qazi also spoke of the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey and remarked that "there could be no better way to celebrate the friendship between the two countries than with the king of fruits — the Pakistani mango."
A lucky draw also formed part of the festivities in which five guests won a box of mangoes each.
All photos provided by the Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara, Turkey.