Climbing enthusiasts from the north-east who have conquered Mount Everest have been invited to attend an event that will celebrate ties between Nepal and Scotland.
Award-winning 8848 Restaurant – named after the height of Everest in metres – is hosting the Scotland-Nepal Friendship event at its premises on Aberdeen’s Union Street, in partnership with ONCW (Organisation of Nepalese Culture & Welfare).
Nepal’s ambassador to the UK, Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi, and Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett will attend the event.
As well as enjoying fine Nepalese cuisine, more than 60 invited guests will have the opportunity to find out more about Nepal and build relationships. There will be speeches, cultural insights and staff in traditional Nepalese attire at the event on Sunday, October 15 (7pm-10pm).
8848 director Krish Bhetwal said the restaurant decided to hold the gathering due to the warm welcome it has received from people in the north-east and the support it received for a fundraising appeal following an earthquake in Nepal.
In addition, the restaurant wanted to thank North-east people that have scaled Everest and supported the local economy in the region. Three climbers are expected to attend the event, which is by invitation only.
Krish said: “We wanted to host an event as a thank you to the north-east for its support since opening our restaurant in January 2015. We’ve been warmly received by diners, our local suppliers and other businesses.
“We also want this to be an opportunity for people to find out about Nepal, the culture and the country as a whole. In addition, we wanted to thank climbers who have supported the local economy in Nepal.
“We are honoured the Nepal ambassador for the UK is making the effort to visit the north-east. We’re hoping the event plays its own small part in strengthening links between Scotland and Nepal.”
8848 Restaurant has raised more than £3,000 for the ONCW following the 2015 Nepal earthquake disaster and continues to support the organisation.
The restaurant was named Best Indian Restaurant in Aberdeen City at the 2017 Aberdeen Best Curry Awards.
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