Goa Coconut and Cashew festival 2015

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the first ever Coconut and Cashew Festival hosted by Goa Tourism along with a few food and travel bloggers.

EntranceThis 5 day festival from 29th April’15 – 3rd May’15 showcased artifacts, cashew feni and food made using coconuts and cashews along with various performances and entertainment. We attended 2 days of the festival along with exploring a lot more of Goa, which I’ll cover in the following post.

Before the event we got a chance to meet Mr.Nikhil Desai, MD of Goa Tourism. He briefed us about the event as well as recent efforts made by Goa Tourism to introduce new activities for tourists.

Mr.Nikhil Desai, MD of Goa Tourism
             Mr.Nikhil Desai, MD of Goa Tourism

In the evening we headed off to the venue where cashews and coconut were very prominent, not just in the food but in the festival decor as well. Check out the huge coconut and cashews at the entrance!

Huge coconut and cashew installations

Cashew feni was the most famous product at the festival. There was even a live distillation unit at the venue.

Feni distillation unit
                                Feni distillation unit
Fresh cashew fruit
                                                         Fresh cashew fruit

I have never been a fan of feni because of it’s odor but the cocktails available at the stalls made it pretty easy to try this potent liquor after a few sips. You can clearly see the difference in a few sips! 😉

Feni drinking stages - clicked by Amrita Rana of Life ki Recipe
                                  Feni drinking stages – clicked by Amrita Rana of Life ki Recipe

The food variety at the festival was huge, ranging from poi filled with meat, Goan curries, rice and whole lot of seafood.

Chicken Cafreal
                                                            Chicken Cafreal
More food at the festival!
                                                  More food at the festival!

We tried the local dishes the stalls had to offer and for us the Goan poi filled with spicy chorizo and prawns crusted with crisp cashews were the highlights of the evening.

Goan chorizo poi
                                           Goan chorizo poi
Cashew crusted prawns - picture courtesy Amrita Rana of Life ki Recipe
Cashew crusted prawns – picture courtesy Amrita Rana of Life ki Recipe

While we were stuffing our faces, Lorna, known as the ‘Nightingale of Goa’ was mesmerizing the crowd with her lovely voice.

Performances at the festival
                    Performances at the festival

On the second day we did a bit of shopping along with eating ofcourse! There were bottles, cups, spoons and glasses made of coconut shell as well as plates and tiles with Goan paintings.

Artifacts at the festival
                                   Artifacts at the festival

We also got back a special bottle of feni with the label designed by Mario Miranda.

Feni label designed by Mario Miranda
Feni label designed by Mario Miranda

With Rodney’s super charged performance filled with hit Bollywood songs, we ended our 2 days in Goa on a high note.

Head to Goa Tourism’s Facebook page to check all updates regarding the festival and new events and plan a visit next year to enjoy ‘the Goan experience in a nut shell’!

Goa in a nutshell

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