Cashew Fest Goa- A celebration of all things cashew!

As I sit down to write this, my taste buds are still tingling, my ears are ringing with the tunes of live music, and my mind is buzzing with memories of the technical sessions and the fashion show by Verma D’Mello.

Let’s start with the food. Oh, the food! Around 50 food and beverage stalls lined the D.B. Grounds at Campal, each one offering a unique culinary experience. Tataki’s sushi was so fresh and flavorful that it almost transported me to Japan. Petisco’s cashew based cocktails were a dream come true. Black Sheep Bistro’s spiced cashew and jackfruit tacos were a culinary masterpiece, and Jamun’s modern Indian cuisine was a delightful fusion of flavors, textures and cashew.

Avo’s Kitchen had some interesting flavours. Their Bibya Usli (tender cashew nuts) and Millet Pulav were simply divine. Cavatina and Juju, both run by Chef Avinash had a fair bit of patrons.

The live music bands were another highlight of the festival. Shor Police, with their infectious energy and catchy tunes, had the crowd dancing and singing along. Stebin Ben’s soulful voice, heartfelt lyrics and on-stage histrionics left the audience panting for more. Raagas2Riches’ fusion of classical and contemporary music was a treat for the ears. Lorna, the queen of Konkani music, had the crowd swaying and singing along to her timeless classics.

The fashion show by Verma D’mello was a beautiful tribute to the local culture and traditions of Goa. The clothes made from the Kunbi weave were a celebration of the rich history and heritage of the region. The models strutted down the runway with confidence and grace, showcasing the intricate designs and vibrant colors of the fabrics.

The technical sessions in the afternoon were informative and engaging. The experts covered a wide range of topics, from sustainable farming practices to the health benefits of cashews. The sessions were interactive, with attendees asking questions and sharing their own experiences.

The ground kept getting stuffier and while this usually puts me off, I wasn’t pained at all this time round. It appears everyone else was of similar sentiment. Or maybe they were just overcome by the joy of good food and music in the company of friends and family.

What made the Cashew Fest Goa 2023 truly special was the crowds of locals and tourists who came together to celebrate the festival. The atmosphere was festive and inclusive, with people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying the food, music, and culture of Goa. The festival was a testament to the spirit of Goa, a place where different cultures and traditions coexist harmoniously.

In conclusion, the Cashew Fest Goa 2023 was a resounding success. It was a celebration of food, music, culture, and community. The festival showcased the best of Goa, from its rich history and heritage to its vibrant culinary scene and lively music culture. I can’t to experience the magic all over again next year.

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