Nagpur will hold an exclusive Maharashtrian Food Festival from December 20 to 25. The festival will be organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) with the aim of promoting the city as a food city.
Speaking about the event, MTDC General Manager Swati Kale said, "We are approaching self-help groups, especially of women in the business of preparing authentic Maharashtrian recipes and food items, for this festival. We hope to have stalls of not just Saoji and Varhadi food, but are inviting experts in Khandeshi, Malwani, Konkani, Kolhapuri, Marathwada food," Kale said. The general manager along with local officials of MTDC held a meeting with various hotel and restaurant owners in the city and also other stakeholders to promote the festival. "We have asked them to spread awareness about this event by putting up posters giving details of the food festival at their establishments."
The event will be held at the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), which will house approximately fifty stalls. Lokmata Sumatitai Suklikar Smruti Pratishthan has been roped in by the MTDC to execute this event. "We are also planning to put up stalls of various spices, processed food, and organic products which are special to our state," Kale added.
Except for December 24 and 25, the timing of the festival will be 6pm to 10pm. On the other days, it will open for the entire day.
"We will be organizing cultural events on the sides of the festival at the venue, where local upcoming artists will be invited to hold musical concerts and students of LAD college will present a fashion show," Kale further added. She also revealed that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will be inaugurating the event and another celebrity is in talks for gracing the event.
This is the second time MTDC is organizing such a food festival in the city. In 2016, they partnered with VED for their first edition with a budget of Rs. 25 lakhs. Unfortunately, the event did not do well because of the spite between VED and the event manager. Hoping for the best this year, Kale says, "This year, minister of state for tourism Madan Yerawar is taking a personal interest in this festival. We have a firm grip on the event, and we hope to make it a success this time."
Information source: timesofindia
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