Get ready for a feast for the senses at Goa's annual Food and Cultural Festival, held in Panjim every April.
We're always a fan of festivals devoted to food but add in a sub-tropical location and we're sold. Goa's Food and Cultural Festival is all this and more, attracting thousands of hungry locals and visitors every year.
Known as the state's largest event of its kind, the fest sees over 80 stalls selling delicious Goan dishes and produce. Favourites include Goan prawn curry, kismur (dried shrimp, onions and coconut), varan (a lentil, coconut milk, mustard and curry leaf dip) and sorpotel (a spicy pork dish served with Goan bread). The colourful herbs and spices on display add to this feast for the senses and you can watch local chefs prepare and cook meals right in front of you. There are also plenty of beverages and desserts on offer (including feni, the local spirit made from cashews). While you eat, enjoy the shows from traditional Goan dancers and bands alongside plays that tell of Goan folklore.
Held for five days, there's plenty of time to make the most of the event, but popular stalls often sell out of their top dishes so you might want to consider going early if you've got your heart set on a certain meal - looks like it's not just the curries that are hot property.
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