Mumbai: Melting Pot – Consular Corps Charity Carnival, the annual cultural charity fundraising event is back with its 19th edition in Mumbai. One of the city’s most anticipated social event, this unique initiative is organized by The Consular Corps in Mumbai and The Rotary Club of Bombay and The Oberoi, Mumbai
In a country like India, where fusion food is most trending, this is one event where respective consulates come together to present traditional dishes from their respective countries to give visitors the true taste of the cuisine of the world. On August 5, 2018, the Consulates of different countries in Mumbai will showcase their traditions, customs and culture, through cuisine, dance, etc. and contribute to a noble cause. The funds raised from this event will be donated to four charities:
- Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that builds homes and provides housing-related services to low-income, marginalized families across India;
- Coros, a community owned and led organisation with an aim to eliminate all social discriminations in society and to deepen democracy.
- EmancipAction exists to bring healing and hope to children broken by extreme sexual violence through innovative and pioneering mental healthcare.
- Dayanand Hospital provides health source for a substantial population of tribal living below BPL in Talasari and Dahanu Talukas
The current edition will see participation from twenty-four Consulates namely – Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Iran, Kenya, Rwanda, Sweden, Canada, Gabon, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Uganda and United Kingdom.
In all these years, Melting Pot – Consular Corps Charity Carnival has supported over 50 NGOS. The NGOs selected every year go through a rigorous presentation where they showcase the work they have done so far and what is the difference they are making and if they get selected, how best will they use their fund which will help the cause they represent.
Mr. Gul Kripalani, convenor, Melting Pot – Consular Corps Charity Carnival says, “The success of the Melting Pot – Consular Corps Charity Carnival makes me proud. In a country like India where fusion food is gaining great importance, this is one event where the consulates in Mumbai have joined together to weave an evening with food and to push for the upliftment of the poor and the less privileged. Events like this give us a better understanding of each other’s culture. I would like to thank all my partners for supporting us since the inception.”
Mr Ramavtar Goeka, Hony. Consul General of Kenya said, “The consulate of the Republic of Kenya will continue to support the Melting pot, a food festival to raise money for the various charitable trusts. From our past experience we have had an awesome time! We felt very welcome and met some of the nicest people. The Oberoi staff were hospitable during the entire event. The service, ambiance and food were awesome. Big thanks to the Consular Corps members for their support and we look forward to being there again this year!”
Mr Sanjiv Malhotra, Ex-Vice President and General Manager, Oberoi Hotel said, “Gul Kripalani’s undying efforts supported by a host of generosity has kept the fires burning below the Melting Pot. It continues to bring warmth to many lives. I am proud to have been one of its torch bearers.”
Mr Yves Perrin, Consul General of France in Mumbai said, “The Consular Corps Charity Carnival celebrates international cuisine and explores the melting pot of cultures through an annual charity soirée organized by the Consular Corps based in Mumbai under the able leadership of Mr. Gul Kripalani. I am happy to say that France has been a regular participant of this event since more than 10 years.”
Mr Jordon Reeves, Hony. Consul General of Canada said, “Canada believes in diversity and this is why we are proud to participate in this year’s edition of the Melting Pot. From Coast to Coast, Canada offers both tradition and innovation when it comes to pleasing the palates of discerning travellers. Whether you prefer food trucks, local brew pubs, or a luxurious dining experience, we’ve got it all.”