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.
This 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.
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!
Cashew feni was the most famous product at the festival. There was even a live distillation unit at the venue.
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! 😉
The food variety at the festival was huge, ranging from poi filled with meat, Goan curries, rice and whole lot of seafood.
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.
While we were stuffing our faces, Lorna, known as the ‘Nightingale of Goa’ was mesmerizing the crowd with her lovely voice.
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.
We also got back a special bottle of feni with the 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’!