~From 10th – 19th April 2015, Park Hyatt Goa celebrated the legacy of the cashew through a series of unique experiences as thoughtfully curated events~
Every year during harvest season, Park Hyatt Goa traces the life journey of Goa’s beloved fruit, the cashew. Taking the harvest celebration a notch higher, in 2015, Park Hyatt Goa introduced series of interesting events to its festivities list. As the beginning of the fourth edition of the annual Cashew Trail event at Park Hyatt Goa, the hotel organized a fennylicious evening where our guests savored the spirit of Goa – urak and feni in their full glory courtesy Vaz family.
The 2015 season of Cashew Trail started on 10th April with a Feni Appreciation Class where a group of discerning connoisseurs enjoyed the rare collection of the choicest variants of Feni specially presented for the launch of Cashew Trail by Madam Rosa. The feni appreciation class was followed by cocktails that were a fusion of explosive flavours, blending spices and seasonal fruits with feni and urak to create the innovative Buenisima, Orange Sunrise and Fenirinha among others. The limited edition spiruts that was specially brought in by the Vaz family for the feni appreciation evening was urak, feni aged one year, oak cask 2012 feni and port oak cask 2010 feni.
The second event was The Cashew Cycling trail in association with Probyk, Propedalerz and Cycling Goa. The event was scheduled on Sunday, 12th April starting from 7 am to 1 pm. Bringing alive the farm to table experience, the cyclists covered the distance from the Madam Rosa Cashew Farm to the hotel and celebrated the journey of the fruit from farm to table over a delectable brunch with their families.
The beautiful Sunday morning witnessed around 35 energetic cyclists from across Goa as well as hotel associates gather at the fragrant cashew farm where the cycling event was flagged off. The energetic cyclists covered a distance of approximately 75 kms with fun stops for pictures, refreshments and more enroute the picturesque ride. The cycling trail culminated at Park Hyatt Goa where the cyclists were joined by their families for a delectable barbeque brunch and Feni- infused cocktails at Palms, the signature beachfront restaurant.
To create another unique experience in 2015, the hotel invited Shatbi Basu – a name that needs no introduction in the field of bartending and spirits. Shatbi also heads the STIR academy in Mumbai and was our special guest during Cashew Trail 2015 and conducted a wonderful cocktail class for women over a delightful cashew theme hi-tea. While the mothers were busy stirring up innovative concoctions, the kids were busy decorating jumbo cookies and learnt to make pizza from scratch with our chefs.
Day 8 of the Cashew trail, Park Hyatt Goa announced a high spirited cocktail competition for seasoned bartenders across several hotels in Goa. The competition took place with participants from hotels such as The Leela Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa, Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village, Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada, Alila Diwa Goa and Goa Marriott.
Each participant had to create a cocktail infused with feni or urak to celebrate the legacy of the fruit of Goa – the cashew. There was also another round with mystery ingredients allotted to each participant to create a delightful concoction. The event was judged by industry experts such as Mr. Shawn D’souza from Goa, Mr. Sourish Bhattacharya from Delhi, Ms. Mini Rebeiro from Mumbai and Ms. Shatbhi Basu from STIR academy Mumbai.
On the same day, an exquisite feni and goan food pairing was organized for special guests at Casa Sarita – the award-winning Goan restaurant. The special five-course menu was paired with urak, feni aged one year, an Oak Cask 2012 edition feni and a Port Oak Cask 2010 edition feni. These feni selections were specially presented by the Vaz family for Cashew Trail 2015.
The dinner was a tribute to local culture, ingredients and flavours; a story soused in traditions, of pioneering distillers and family heirloom. The guests indulged in a sumptuous five-course Goan dinner where each course was artfully paired with a private and exclusive collection of Feni from the Vaz Estate of Madame Rosa Distillers.
Chef Edridge presented the traditional Goan cuisine with a refreshing contemporary twist. The menu offered innovative gourmet treasures like the Assiette of seafood peri peri, Cauliflower tondak served with first pressed coconut milk and salted cumin biscotti, Cinnamon feni sorbert and the Alle Belle Cold Cheese cake with Cashew Jam.
To conclude the fourth season of the Cashew Trail celebrations, Park Hyatt Goa hosted the annual Cashew Trail brunch on Sunday 19th April 2015 at the Magical Forest. The high-spirited family afternoon was a exciting event with a dedicated kids zone to keep the little ones busy with games, tattoo art, painting and more; a cashew fruit stomping area was also made for the young ones to celebrate the tradition and know more about the legacy of the Goan fruit.
The enthralling afternoon was made even more memorable with an auction for a cause where a limited edition garrafon of feni was auctioned to raise funds for El Sheddai – an association engaged in the welfare of women and children. Amidst the cashew stomping, sumptuous food and delightful cocktails – there was a cooking competition for couples. An array of delectable food lined the judging table as our participants created magic with cashew and its forms.
The enchanting music by the Latin Connection complimented the aroma of the sumptuous gourmet treats and the flavorful cocktails all through the afternoon. The guests returned home with a goodie bag filled with home-made cashew treats prepared by our chefs and a feni souvenir from the Vaz family.
Cashew Trail is an annual event that was conceptualised by Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa in association with Madame Rosa Distillery in 2012. The event takes place during harvest season and traces the life journey of one of Goa‟s most prominent food elements, the cashew.