For many, especially non-South Asians, Indian cuisine is nothing more than butter chicken and naan. Radio Mango – the first and only konkani radio program in North America – is taking the initiative to change that notion. Radio Mango seeks to actively maintain the traditions of this coastal area of western India through its language and traditions.
Taste of the Konkan is the first of its kind food festival that explores the authentic foods, flavours and fabulous culture of the Konkan region – a coastal area stretching from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra to Kasargod on the Mangalore/Kerala border. The aim is to preserve the Konkan identity and develop a wider appreciation of the entire Konkan region. Guests will experience a walk through an authentic market setting, recreated to enable guests to enjoy the sights and smells of a typical market place on India’s western coast. There will be live cooking demonstrations, painting contest for kids and Konkani speaking lessons.
While the emphasis is on food, fun and fabulous music, the focus is also on health and wellness, with yoga lessons and presentations on health and wellness, and how to stay motivated. Veeam Braganza, Goa’s latest singing sensation will be performing together with Victor Rodrigues. Above all, for the first time ever there will be a remote broadcast by Radio Mango, live at the venue from 7 pm until close.
Radio Mango is supported by two other not-for-profit organizations – Mangalore Association of Canada and Ontario Konkana Association. Their mandate is to introduce not just South Asians, but every other culture to the wide variety of cooking styles of the Konkan region. Taste of the Konkan will feature savouries, sweets, snacks, desserts and a variety of dishes – together with a heady combination of fun and music – never served up on one platter, at one festival, before.
This truly unique experience will take place on Saturday, July 9th 2016, at Anapilis Banquet Halls, located at 2185 Stavebank, Mississauga. “This is Radio Mango’s ‘desi’ answer to Taste of the Danforth”, says Milena Marques-Zachariah, Producer and Host of Radio Mango, Toronto.
For more information on Taste of the Konkan go to radiomango.ca or Facebook.