Food festival on Saturday

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  • Published 8.12.11

Shillong, Dec. 7: Along with the rest of the world, the annual Slow Food International Terra Madre (Mother Earth) Day will be observed at Mawphlang in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Saturday.

The day is when slow food network of farmers, herders, fishermen, cooks, students and young people and partners, such as The Indigenous Partnership, Italy, come together to proclaim that a sustainable food revolution begins from local roots.

This year, the Khatar Shnong Socio Organisation (KSO), Sohra, and the William Boys Home, Mawphlang, with support of The Indigenous Partnership, Slow Food International, North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project, Meghalaya Rural Development Society, directorate of horticulture, Meghalaya Water Foundation and hima Mawphlang will help re-create the success of last year’s event and organise the food festival at Mawphlang. Keeping in line with the Terra Madre Day celebrations around the world, the festival will be called the Mei-Ramew Festival to honour Khasi, Garo and Ao Naga traditional food.

Around 20 stalls will be put up where food will be prepared by members of Khasi, Garo and Ao Naga communities.

There will also be seminars where the indigenous communities can share ideas of networking locally and globally. Environmentally inspiring games for students will be arranged and the Youth 4 Change (Y4C) will demonstrate “Zero Waste” cuisine.

On November 17 last year, an indigenous food festival was inaugurated by Carlo Petrini, founder and president of Slow Food, Italy.

The event brought together communities to demonstrate and display their local cuisine and also encouraged people from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and have open discussions.