NEW TOUCH: The new King Momo wants revellers to make merry but also to keep Goa clean, reminding people that everyone plays a part in keeping Goa pristine
BY ASHLEY ROSARIO
IT’S Samba time in Goa again as the four-day festival of fun and colours at Carnaval and five days of spices and flavours at the
Food and Cultural festival has arrived.
The Goa tourism department will present the much sought after ‘Goa Carnaval’ from February 10 to 13 and the Goa Food & Cultural Festival from February 9 to 13 at DB Bandodkar Grounds, Campal. The float parade will be flagged off on Saturday, February 10 in the capital — Panjim — and for the first time through a new route along the Miramar- Dona Paula marine drive.
While many are keeping their fingers crossed on how the float parade will play out at its new venue, especially because it will
lack the charm of the river-side city, officials are optimistic and believe it will ease the congestion.
The state is expecting to receive an overwhelming response for the Carnaval celebrations this year and also for the food
and cultural festival. Days ahead of carnaval, all the centres across\ Goa are being adorned with colourful buntings, banners, masks and themed décor. During the vibrant four-day Carnaval, float parades will take place at major cities as follows: Panaji (February 10), Margao (February 11), Vasco (February 12) and Mapusa (February 13). As far as the float parades in other towns, it will be held in Ponda on February 11, in Curchorem on February 12 and in Morjim on February 13.
A special Goan Carnaval theme song 2018 entitled “GOENCHO CARNAVAL’ has been released. The music for this theme song is arranged by Shine On Duo, it is composed by Sidney Soares and is sung by Silvina Lopes, Sidney Soares and Lloyd Paul.
This year, Bruno Azaredo (57) from Utorda, South Goa, has been chosen to ‘reign over Goa’ through the three festival days
and he will lead float parades as ‘King Momo’. Azaredo has been in the entertainment industry for several years and has participated in previous carnaval festivities as a dancer. King Momo is a mythological figure, who is symbolic when it comes to carnaval celebrations and he will declare the decree urging the people to “Eat, Drink and Make Merry” during his 4-day reign.
The parade will showcase diverse participants under various categories, displaying different themes and messages. The total prize money for the float competitions has been enhanced to 7.35 lakhs as against the `6.25 lakhs last year.
FOOD AND CULTURE FEST
THE Goa Food & Cultural Festival will be inaugurated on Friday, February 9, and will be a five-day celebration of fun, flavour and fiesta. It promises to bring together a host of professionals from the tourism & hospitality industry; hoteliers, restaurateurs, beverage brands and lifestyle outlets to showcase their premium offerings. The five-day festival has in store an
exciting line-up of performances, activities and events. Some of the festival highlights will include food & lifestyle stalls, performances by popular national bands including Agnee, Lagori, Ravi Chary with Gino Banks & Troupe, live music by top Goan Bands — Crimson Tide and Rahul with Raagas 2 Riches, international dance performances, fashion show by Anusha Shaikh, sand sculpture workshop, Chef de Goa Cooking Contest, and much more.
The Chef de Goa competition is an excellent platform for those with culinary knowledge and expertise to showcase their
flair. The competition celebrates the rich cuisine of Goa, and contestants will have to participate in a series of rounds to win the coveted title. The final will take place on February 13 at the festival venue.
The Food & Cultural festival is open to all and will commence at 6 pm every evening.
Meanwhile the float parade in Panjim will take the route from the Science Centre at Miramar and proceed up to Hotel Swim
Sea at Caranzalem.
Before the start of the parade, the floats will assemble along the on the Taleigao-Miramar by-pass road from the Science Centre towards the Adarsh Colony. The traffic plan for the day entails all vehicles from Dona Paula side coming to Panjim requiring to take the internal, old Caranzalem road and proceed to Panjim via Miramar. Also, vehicles from Panjim proceeding towards Dona Paula will be diverted from Miramar circle towards Tonca-Caranzalem internal road. There will be parking zones at SAG Ground, Campal for vehicles coming from North Goa. Those coming from South Goa should take the road from GMC to Dona Paula and park at the tourism department’s parking lot near Green Rosary School and at the NIWS Ground, Caranzalem.
Shuttle buses will be provided by the tourism department to ferry the spectators from KTC bus-stand, Ferry Wharf and SAG
Goa Food and Cultural Festival gets underway
Panjim, Jan 9: The Goa Food and Cultural Festival got underway in the capital city today amidst much fanfare and
festivities with tourists and food fans thronging D. B Bandodkar Ground in large numbers.
The five day Food and Cultural festival 2018 was inaugurated at the hands of Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar
Ajgaonkar in the distinguished presence of the Hon’ble Chairman of GTDC, Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Mr. Surendra Furtado,
Mayor CCP, Mr. Menino D’souza, Director Tourism, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Nikhil Desai, MD,GTDC and other officials.
The Food festival which began on the eve of Carnaval 2018 celebrations is expected to draw lakhs of visitors and foodies
from all over.
This annual food and cultural extravaganza has earned the distinction of bringing together professionals from the tourism
& hospitality industry; hoteliers, restaurateurs, beverage brands and lifestyle outlets to showcase their premium offerings. The festival also includes an interesting line-up of entertainment.
Some of the festival highlights include food & lifestyle stalls, performances by popular national bands including Agnee, Lagori, Ravi Chary with Gino Banks & Troupe, live music by top Goan Bands – Crimson Tide and Rahul with Raagas 2 Riches, international dance performances, fashion show by Anusha Shaikh, sand sculpture workshop, Chef de Goa Cooking Contest, and much more.
This year, the festival has an exciting Chef de Goa competition which is an excellent platform for those with culinary skills and creativity to showcase it all. The competition will demonstrate the rich cuisine and various delicacies of Goa. The contestants will have to participate in a series of rounds to win the coveted title and the finals will take place on
13th February at the festival venue.