Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts’ eco-friendly resort spread across 27 acres of lush woodland gardens and forests, is now offering its guests a novel culinary experience that is both organic and authentically Sri Lankan. Based in the resort’s quaint and traditional mud hut, the resort’s new organic culinary experience has been specially curated for local and internationals guests, and will allow them to observe a wide array of traditional cooking techniques and preparation methods, sample a delicious array of Sri Lankan dishes and flavours and learn more about local farming techniques.
Equipped with its own organic farm, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is the only hotel in the locality to curate a fully-fledged farm-to-table dining experience of this nature.
Here are three reasons why you should check this out!
1. A hands-on experience
Guests embarking on the culinary journey can opt to visit the resort’s on-site organic farm before hand, where they can browse through and pick their own fresh produce, from mouthwatering tropical fruits to homegrown vegetables that are endemic to the region. During the paddy harvesting season, guests can also enjoy observing, learning about and trying out a range of paddy field activities such as reaping, stacking and threshing.
2. A crash course on Sri Lankan cuisine
Using only the finest local ingredients and local cooking methods, there will be a demonstration covering each meticulous step and technique that goes into cooking a flavourful Sri Lankan meal. Guests are welcome to observe and participate in a variety of culinary activities, from grounding aromatic local spices to scraping and drawing milk from coconuts – all amidst the rustic ambience and rural environs of the mud hut, which is run in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. The inspiring culinary experience, is designed to be insightful, engaging and interactive and will provide a unique window into the art of creating some of Sri Lanka’s most iconic and best-loved dishes.
3. A one-of-a-kind dining experience
Guests can enjoy up to 12 delectable local dishes prepared by Cinnamon Lodge Habarana’s Executive Chef and local culinary connoisseur Sunanda Kumar. Following an age old tradition that is believed to enhance the flavours and aroma of local dishes, meals will be served on freshly plucked lotus leaves. Lit by fire lights and lanterns, the mud hut will serve trademark Sri Lankan spirits and brews along with spicy snacks and bites during evening cocktail hours. Additionally, guests can enjoy classic Lankan-style BBQ dinners, and for dessert, popular local delicacies such as kavum and kokis will be prepared readily on-site, by ladies dressed in traditional village attire.