Traditional cuisine to add flavour

Nearly 30 hotels to line up food items at three-day festival

City residents are in for a gastronomic treat as the Tiruchi Travel Federation, a non-profit representative organisation of the travel and tourism industry, would host a three-day food festival, ‘Suvai 2010,' here at the St.John's Vestry Anglo Indian School grounds from August 13 to 15.

Nearly 30 hotels, restaurants, bakers and catering colleges would participate in the event to showcase traditional, national and international food. The event, though part of the organisation's tourism promotional efforts, would seek to promote awareness of different cuisine, especially native ones, said V.Vasudevan, president of the Federation, addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.

M.Ponnilango, convenor, Suvai 2010, said the event would showcase Chettinadu, Kongu, Nellai, Udupi and Punjab cuisine apart from different styles of national and international food, including soups, desserts, pizzas and noodles. “We want to promote awareness among the City residents about the traditional cuisine and recipes that have been forgotten down the ages,” he said.

The event would be one of the biggest in terms of participating hotels and restaurants. A few tour operators would also put up stalls at the festival which would begin at 4 p.m. every day and go on till 10 p.m. Cultural programmes would be held . Students from Shrimati Indira Gandhi College, Srirangam Bharatanatyalaya, Sankara Matriculation School and traditional artistes would entertain visitors.

The organisers have lined up eating contests for men and women and cookery contest for home makers on the themes of snacks and sweets. Lucky draws would be held every day. Demonstrations on vegetable and fruit carvings have been scheduled. A separate kid zone would be set up , said Mr.Ponnilango.

Mr.Vasudevan said they have requested the State Tourism Department to involve the federation in the preparation of the annual tourism calendar of the region. “We have identified about 20 events which could be included in the tourism calendar,” he said. The federation members have also planned to meet the Tourism Secretary to brief him on the potential for promoting the tourism circuits of the region.

The federation was considering the feasibility of organising training programmes for tourist guides of the City, he said.

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