The first of its kind ‘Goa Coconut and Cashew Festival 2015’ gets underway

Panjim, April 29, 2015, Goa Coconut and Cashew Festival 2015, the first of its kind began in the capital city of Panjim this evening drawing scores of tourists from far and wide.
This five day festival  aims at presenting  the benefits of coconut and cashew in a creative and unique manner and saw   local Goans  involved in this industry  showcasing  the best produce and  products  from  coconut  and  cashew here  today.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Shri. Laxmikant Parsekar inaugurated the five day event in the distinguished presence of Tourism Minister, Shri. Dilip Parulekar, Goa  Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC)  Chairman, Shri. Nilesh Cabral, Panjim MLA Shri. Sidharth Kuncalienkar ,  Corporation of the  City  of  Panaji (CCP) Mayor, Shri.   Shubham Chodankar, Chief Secretary and Secretary Tourism, Govt. of Goa Shri. R. K. Shrivastava, Director of Tourism Shri. Ameya Abhyankar and Managing Director of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) Shri.  Nikhil Desai.
In a unique  gesture signifying  Green Goa,  the   Hon’ble Chief  Minister and all the  distinguished  guests  were presented  with  coconut  and  cashew  saplings.

The  festival  is organized by Goa  Tourism  in association with  Department of  Agriculture, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and  Goa  Handicrafts  Corporation,  from 29th April 2015 t0 3rd May at the D. B. Bandodkar Grounds, Campal, Panaji-Goa.

Coinciding with  the  May 1  holiday and  giving  tourists  a   long weekend  in Goa,  tourism officials   are  expecting thousands   to  converge  at the  D. B. Bandodkar  grounds. Elaborate arrangements have been made for parking and security around the event grounds.
The festival promises to be exciting and will have foot-tapping entertainment, fun-filled activities and lots more. These programmes will be held against the backdrop of a mesmerizing stage design that will be based on a theme to present the heritage value of both coconut and the cashew nut.
There will be various coconut tree climbing workshops, demos on Feni distillation, handicrafts made from coconut and cashew and even cooking workshops. Interesting and innovative games have been displayed using the nuts as an integral part of the fun quotient.
A stall will also be set up by the Dept.  of  Agriculture selling Coconut and Cashew  saplings  and grafts.

Various themed dances, songs and acts that go with the festival will be conceptualized and presented to make the festival an integrated edutainment capsule. A performance titled ‘The Coconut and Cashew Musical’ was staged on the inaugural day and would also be performed on the last day.
A  major  highlight of the event was   the launch of a new  charcoaled-filtered and  blended oak-aged product ‘Lembranca’ by  Madame  Rosa  Distillery, the only drink label designed  by late Mario Miranda, Goa’s renowned  cartoonist.  At the Lembranca stall is another attraction where a renowned cartoonist sketching caricatures. Musicians will also serenade at the venue to add more festivity.
On the inaugural day (April 29) the program comprised of theCoconut and Cashew Musical, The T Band by violinist Selwyn, Goenchim Noketram and LORNA LIVE.

On April 30, the program comprises of Latin Connection, Dance Illusion and Rodney LIVE.
On day 3, May 1, the entertainment comprises of Grace-instruments and four talented musicians come together, DANCE-O-PHILIA and Viva Goa, LYNX The Band and RHYTHM AND BLUES -The Band featuring LULU- Melodious tunes and foot tapping music coming your way with this 6 piece band.
On Saturday May 2, the entertainment   comprises of Ambot Tik- unique combination of instruments, Gavana- Goa’s well renowned 16- piece troupe, 2 Blue and band- English and bollywood Rock Fusion vocalist.

The last day’s program includes the coconut and Cashew Musical-, Shyam Edwankar- a breathtaking rhythms on 7 percussion instruments and BOMBAY BASSMENT-The Band-Out of the hustle and bustle of Bombay.