Colourful and Sizzling start of Goa Food and Cultural Festival 2015

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Panjim,  April 17:   The  Goa  Food  and  Cultural  Festival  2015,  Goa’s most prominent food festival began in the capital city of Panjim  this evening. In keeping with the true spirit of Goa, the event got off to a flying start with music performances that set the tone for the days to come. The  Hon’ble Chief  Minister of  Goa, Shri. Laxmikant Parsekar inaugurated  the  five day event in the  distinguished  presence  of  Tourism  Minister, Shri . Dilip  Parulekar,  Goa  Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC)  Chairman, Shri. Nilesh  Cabral, Panjim MLA Shri. Sidharth Kuncalienkar ,  Corporation of the  City  of  Panaji (CCP) Mayor, Shri.   Shubham Chodankar , Chief Secretary and Secretary Tourism , Govt. of  Goa  Shri. R. K. Shrivastava  and  Director  of  Tourism  Shri.  Ameya  Abhyankar.

The  Goa Food  and Cultural   Festival 2015 is conceptualized and designed to be the best ever in terms of attendance, operations, flow and offerings. Over  1.5 to 2 lakh  tourists  will experience a blend of  cuisine and   entertainment over  five days. The  festival   revived    three years  ago has come to be known as one of the biggest food festival in India.Apart from being the only festival of its kind in Goa, the  Food  and Cultural  Festival is also touted to be one of the most popular gourmet festivals  till date.

Organized from  17th to the 21st April 2015 at the  D. B. Bandodkar Grounds, Campal, Panaji-Goa, the festival will bring together restaurateurs, hoteliers,  food guilds, eateries  serving  Goan cuisine and more all under  one  roof. More than 50  stalls  will offer a range of gourmet food classics of  Goa, including barbecues, pasta, oriental cuisine and other delicacies. Vegetarian  and  non-vegetarian cuisine options will also be available, as will a bevy of luscious sweet treats.

On the  inaugural  day (April  17) the  program  comprised  of  DJ music , classical  dance  performances, entertainment   by  Sonia Shirsat  and Status 4.Indus Creed,  India’s front running rock band also performed.

On day 2 (April  18) the  program  comprises  of  DJ music, Bollywood   dance  performances and  and  music  by Goan band  Valentinho’s. Well-known Bollywood  playback  singer Sudesh Bhonsle  will also perform.

On day 3 (April 19)    the  entertainment  comprises  of  DJ  music  followed  by  musical performances by  Goa’s  well-known Siddhanath  Buyao & troupe and  Goan Band Crimson  Tide. Prince Dance group, winner of the reality-talent show, ‘India’s Got Talent’ will perform for the  first  time  in Goa.

On Monday, April 20, the entertainment   comprises of D J music, African acrobats, dance performances  by Gipa  and music  by Goan band RAAGAS2RICHES.  .  The highlight of the  evening  is   the live performance  by PARIKRAMA,  India’s legendary rock band known for Classic Rock based music fused with Indian instruments.

The last day’s program includes DJ   music, dance performances,   and performance   by Goan band Archies.  A fashion show by Verma D’Mello will be the main highlight. Harshita Saxena, Femina Miss India International 2009 would be the show-stopper. Leading band from North East, Colours, will also perform.

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