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.