Mangaluru: Food Craft and The Yenepoya Institute of Arts, Science Commerce and Management (YIASCM), a constituent unit of Yenepoya (Deemed to be University), celebrated the ceremonious annual ritual of fruit mixing in juices for Christmas cakes at the Institute’s Iris Cafe on Monday, 25th November 2019.
The chief guests for the occasion were Mrs. Nasreen Abdullah Kunhi and Mrs. Surmi Farhad. Mr. Ravi Khandige, General Manager, Yenepoya Food and Beverages (India) Pvt. Ltd along with Chefs of Food Craft, Dr. Parvadavardhini Gopalakrishnan, Principal, Mrs. Sunitha Prabhu, Student Welfare Officer, Faculty members and the students from the Hospitality Science department of The Yenepoya Institute of Arts, Science, Commerce and Management attended the program.
The ceremony is a 400-year old tradition that originated in the households of Europe; the dry-fruit mix is soaked in fruit juices or alcohol at least a month before it is baked to enhance the flavor of the cake, and is followed even to this day. The ceremony was organized to bring the ‘Yen Family’ together at YIASCM. This ceremony consisted of mixing more than 700 kg of dry fruits and is a harbinger of the arrival of Christmas.
The dry fruits were mixed by the guests. Everyone eagerly looked for coins hidden in the fruits laid out on the table. The coins are considered to bring good luck through the year and the person discovering the coin would be suitably rewarded with a cake.
The venue was decorated beautifully to bring out the festive mood, with soft Christmas carols played in the background. The program ended with the high tea served to the guests gathered.s