Kolkata, July 1, 2022: Acropolis Mall, India’s leading premium mall has played host to a Mango eating com-petition today at its Mango festival christened “Mango Mania” amid much fanfare and enthusiasm. Mango Mania is the mango festival organized by Acropolis Mall in association with t2 , Sananda and Friends FM and social media partner Bhoj Adda. The festival has started on June 29 and will continue till 3rd July from 12 noon to 9 pm everyday. Acropolis Mall has organized the festival to celebrate the bliss of the season with the King of fruit Mango. The aim is to create a drool worthy experience for guests with an array of delectable delicacies replete in the taste of mango with much fanfare and fun.
Soumitra Ray, eminent singer and lead vocalist of noted Bangla Band Bhoomi has graced the occasion in presence of Mr. K Vijayan GM , Acropolis Mall. Children from Universal Smile, a residential NGO for street children participated in a fun filled mango eating competition.
On the occasion, Mr. K Vijayan, GM, Acropolis Mall , a Merlin Group of Company and Soumitra Ray pre-sented educational stationary and essential food items to the children of Universal Smile on behalf of Merlin I am Kolkata , the csr wing of Merlin Group as well.
The speciality of this year’s mango festival lies in the participation of self-help group women and farmer interest group in the mango mania this year, A clutch of self-help group women and farmer interest groups have participated here with a variety of food items ranging from mango squash-mango cakes and mango tea. Brands like Chaiolic and age-old sweet brand Nalin Chandra Das and Sons also have displayed varieties of mangoes from Malda and sweets with mango as ingredients.
The Self-Help Groups or SHGs are Julie SHG, Apayan SHG and Dalia SHG. All products of these SHGs are produced by women from Below poverty line, who are economically and socially disadvantaged. These SHGs produce all healthy and hygienic products and sell them, thereby, generating sustainable livelihood for themselves. These women also focus on skill development and training that helps them make a sustainable living out of their skills. A farmer interest group named Krishna FIG catering to the needs of the farmers and sell organic fruits and vegetables to its vendors at the exact price focus on livelihood generation and fresh and organic farming. The mangoes obtained are directly from the farmers.
A plethora of tangy and delectable dishes were there ranging from various flavours of mango squash; mango pickles; mango oil, aam kasundi; mango dahi; mango chocolate; mango cake , mango sandwich, and mango tea. Desserts and sweets with slices of mango drew connoisseurs with sweet tooth.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. K Vijayan, GM.Acropolis Mall , “ We at Acropolis Mall, always put an effort to provide citizens of Kolkata innovative experience that they can cherish. Mango Mania is our annual festival and we are organizing it after a spate of two years. This year our motto was to empower women who live below poverty line here. With that objective , we kept this festival for the Self help group women and farmers group . We feel happy to accommodate the SHG group of women from North 24 Pargana as a part of this event. They make and sell the most the organic and fresh products. I feel very happy that Acropolis with our partners have been able to provide our customers organic and fresh products straight from the mango orchards. We are also committed to the welfare of children in the field of education and health , that is in line with our corporate philosophy. We hope the children of Universal Smiles have enjoyed the day at our festival here”.
About Acropolis Mall:
Acropolis Mall is one of the state-of-the-art malls in Kolkata that houses over 80 renowned brands in Apparel, Electronics, Consumer durables, Electronic gazettes, Jewellery, Luggage, Cosmetics, Grocery items, Food & Beverages, Salon and Beauty care products . The shopping mall is the right retail mix layered with various kinds of retail zones. The mall with its Four-screen Multiplex, Spacious Food Court, Fine Dining Restaurants, Family and children entertainment zone is an apt destination for families to enjoy Shop and Dine & Entertainment.
Developed by Merlin Group, the leading real estate group of India, Acropolis mall was inaugurated on 25th September, 2015. It is an iconic architectural masterpiece with an elegant elevation covered with a glass façade which spread over a sprawling area of 4.50 lakh sq ft with five level parking facilities. The mall has been frequented by over 1,20 lakhs visitors every week . It has been conferred with a clutch of laurels since its inception which bear testimony to its quality and service. The awards include “ Most admired shopping centre of the year (east) in 2018 by Images”, “Best Retail Project of the year 2018-19 by Images”, “ Certified Green Building By IGBC “, 4-Star Energy Conservation Award 2020 by Encon”. The mall is also recognized by CNBC Awaaz Real Estate Awards –East Zone, 2019 as the Best Retail Project in east zone. Acropolis mall is the first mall in Kolkata to have installed a state-of-the-art Fire fighting kiosk with rescue Equipment in keeping with its commitment to the advisory to Indian Institute Of Architect. The facility was inaugurated by Shri Jagmohan, IPS, Director General, West Bengal Fire & Emergency Services, Govt of West Bengal in presence of Shri Sushil Mohta, Chairman, Merlin Group. The kiosk will serve the neighboring area as well.
The mall has been housing several interesting events, fashion shows, cultural fest and launch of popular films over the last five years. Acropolis mall has become one of the most popular destination malls to reckon with in right spirit.
The mall has also contributed to the community as a responsible corporate citizen. It has undertaken an initiative to collect old clothes for underprivileged children and old people living in the vicinity of Ruby Hospital and presented the clothes to Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage for them. The mall has provided space to self-help group women representing economically backward section to display and sell handmade environment friendly Rakhis to people.