The Kovalam Tourist Village at Vellar near here will host a three-day ethnic food festival—‘Kanji-Puzhukku Mela'—from May 20.

The food festival is being held along with a three-day workshop organised jointly by Kudumbasree Mission and the Tourism Department to impart hands-on training to students on digital photography.

The fete will spread out a rich and diverse platter of traditional cuisines. Foodies can taste as many as ten types of ‘kanji' and 25 types of ‘puzhukku.' Kanji prepared with milk, butter, fenugreek, cumin seed, wheat, oats, and crushed rice and over two dozen types of puzhukku with different kinds of grain, pulses, and vegetables will be on offer. Different preparations of fish, varieties of sweetened rice, seven types of amla (Indian gooseberry) juice, 25 kinds of pickles, steamed rice and other food items will add taste to the festival.

Apart from the food festival, Kudumbasree is also putting up stalls packed with handicrafts, bamboo and cane furniture, select products of its units, and vegetables for exhibition and sale.

Kudumbasree and Kerala Tourism had recently tied up to promote Kovalam Tourist Village as a prime destination for tourists with a slew of facilities ranging from recreation to food.

Located very close to the Kovalam beach, the Kovalam Tourist Village at Onnam Quarry in Vellar, just off the NH-Bypass to Kovalam, has been developed on an abandoned granite quarry.