A pot-pourri of food, fun and cultured splendour awaits those who attend the three-day food and fun festival that begins on January 20 at the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (IHMCT), Kovalam. The festival, Fandango 2006, being organised by the students, is timed with the tourist season in God's Own Country.

Over the years, Fandango has carved a niche for itself as a major gourmet event of the capital. The fun, frolic and the esprit de corps of the youthful organisers over the years have given it a permanent slot on the tourism scene of the famed beach resort.

As many as 10 food stalls would come up on the lush lawns on the sprawling premises of the IHMCT, functioning under the Union Ministry of Tourism. The food stalls have been named Biriyani, Chinese, Continental, Ethnic Kerala, Garam Masala, Mocktail, Seafood, Sweets and Pastry, Tandoor and Tex Tex (Mexican).

Cultural programmes have also been organised on all the three days. Kathakali and Kalarippayattu would be staged on the inaugural day, classical music and classical dance on January 21 and instrumental music (Indian) on January 22.

Academically, the aim of Fandango, first started in 1993, is to develop the entrepreneurial skills of the students being groomed for the hospitality industry. Entertainment stalls are also being set up by the students to provide fun and frolic. The fest is open from 6.30 p.m. on all three days. The tickets for Fandango are priced at Rs.200 and the guests can exchange them at the counters for food of their choice for Rs.150.

S. Anil Radhakrishnan

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