Live the Fiesta & Relish the Flavours at the Goa Carnaval Food & Cultural Festival!
The Department of Tourism, Government of Goa presents the highly anticipated, Goa Carnaval from 10th to 13th February and the Goa Food & Cultural Festival from 9th to 13th February at D.B. Bandodkar Grounds, Campal, Panaji - Goa. The float parade will be flagged off on Saturday, 10th February in the capital city of Goa – Panaji. For the first time, a new route has been selected and the parade will take place along the Miramar – Dona Paula Route.
The stage isall set to herald Goa’s biggest celebration – the Goa Carnaval, and thousandsof tourists are expected to flock in to witness this grand spectacle. Thestreets across Goa will be adorned with colourful buntings, banners, masks andthemed décor. During the vibrant 4 day Carnaval, float parades will take placeat major cities in Goa; Panaji (10th February), Margao (11th February),Vasco (12th February) and Mapusa (13th February).
Thisyear, Bruno Azaredo (57) from Utorda, South Goa has been chosen to lead theCarnaval Parades as ‘King Momo’. Azaredo has been in this industry for severalyears and has participated in previous carnaval festivities as a dancer. KingMomo is a mythological figure, who is symbolic when it comes to carnavalcelebrations and he will declare the decree of “Eat, Drink and Make Merry”during his 4 day reign. The parade will showcase diverse participants undervarious categories, displaying different themes and messages. The total prizemoney for the four-day event has also been increased.
The Goa Food& Cultural Festival will be inaugurated on Friday, 9th February.Celebrate five days of fun, flavor and fiesta, as the Food & CulturalFestival brings together a host of professionals from the tourism &hospitality industry; hoteliers, restaurateurs, beverage brands and lifestyleoutlets to showcase their premium offerings. The five day festival promises anexciting line-up of performances, activities and events. Some of the festivalhighlights include food & lifestyle stalls, performances by popularnational bands including Agnee, Lagori, RaviChary with Gino Banks & Troupe, live music by top Goan Bands– Crimson Tide and Rahul with Raagas 2 Riches, internationaldance performances, fashion show by Anusha Shaikh, sandsculpture workshop, Chef de Goa Cooking Contest, and much more.
The Chef deGoa competition is an excellent platform for those with culinary knowledge andexpertise to showcase their flair. The competition celebrates the rich cuisineof Goa, and contestants will have to participate in a series of rounds to winthe coveted title. The final will take place on 13th Februaryat the festival venue.
GavinDias, GeneralManager - Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. stated “Goa Tourismextends a warm welcome to everyone to be a part of these exquisitecelebrations. The Carnaval is a much awaited festival which celebrates thespirit of revelry for 4 days and the 5 day Goa Food & Cultural Festivalwill showcase a vibrant mix of live performances, food stalls, music andculture. This year we promise a bigger and exciting lineup offestivities.”
The Food& Cultural festival is open to all and will commence at 6pm everyevening.