The annual Konkan Fruit Fest that has been taking place in Panaji since 2003 will be held in Margao this year from April 20 to April 22. With various workshops and competitions, the sought after festival aims to preserve the local fruit biodiversity in Goa
Konkan Fruit Fest (KFF) organised by the Botanical Society of Goa (BSG) will be held in Margao this year from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22 at the Promenade of the Opinion Poll Square and the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.
This year ‘We for Fatorda’ has joined in as the festival partner besides the regular association with other institutions and non-government organisations like ICAR-CCARI (Central Coastal Agriculture Research Institute), Old Goa; the DBSKKV’s Regional Fruit Research Station, Vengurla-Maharashtra, the University of Horticultural Sciences (UHS), Bagalkot-Karnataka.
This fest aims to preserve Goa’s local fruit biodiversity. A large variety of fruits, including those that aren’t popular or scarcely available that are cultivated by farmers across the Konkan belt will be seen at this festival. These summer fruits are naturally nutritious, refreshing and can beat the summer heat.
Minister for Town and Country Planning and leader of ‘We for Fatorda’ Vijai Sardesai says: “KFF aims to introduce and increase awareness of the sheer multitude of delicious fruits available in the region with an intention that the demand for these fruits will increase. Consequently, farmers will be encouraged to grow these fruits in larger numbers.” Fruit-based products such as jams, pickles and wines will also be displayed and sold at the festival.
He mentioned that besides the fruit-based stalls selling fruits and fruit products, visitors will get to enjoy food at stalls, live entertainment, participate in workshops and different competitions that are part of the festival. There will also be the stalls displaying and selling products such as plants and gardening material, tools, etc.
On Friday, April 20, there will be a workshop on Beekeeping by Suprajit Raikar from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. followed by a question and answer session on insects by a panel led by Miguel Braganza from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. On Saturday, April 21, Daniel D’Souza will conduct a workshop on Landscaping from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Teag Orn D’Silva will teach Fruit Carving from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. On Sunday, April 22, Usha Sardesai will highlight the concept of Shiv Yog Farming from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. while knowledge on Kitchen Gardening will be provided by Yogita Mehra and Karan Manral from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Main competitions include fresh fruits competition like making of fruit products – juices, syrups, wines, pickles, and others, and fruit-made dishes like puddings, soufflés, cakes, etc. Entries for fresh fruits competition will begin from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 19. Entries for fruit products will start from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 20; while the participants can register their names for Fruit-made dishes competition from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21. All entries can be registered in the lobby on first floor of Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.
There are other interesting competitions on each day organised this year like fruit eating (bananas and watermelon), fruit colouring for the children studying in KG II and fruit painting for children studying in standard I to IV at 11 a.m. and fruit carving. Participants have to bring their own material such as fruits, tools for carving, colours, etc for all the three competitions.