INDIAN FOOD FESTIVAL – 2016 … TAKES BRUSSELS BY STORM
Indian Confluence (InCo), a social organisation based out of Brussels in Belgium, has been working towards building a bridge between European and Indian societies. InCo strives to provide a platform to showcase India’s diverse culture, art and music with an underlying message of celebrating unity. They have been active in showcasing Indian culture and cuisine, celebrating Indian festivals and introducing them to Europe, helping Indians integrate with Belgian society, organizing Indian sporting events and promotional activities, et al. InCo is also concerned with boosting development in rural India, and has adopted a village in Andhra Pradesh as part of AP's Smart Villages initiative. They had initiated and organised an India Food Festival for the first time last year which was a roaring success. This year InCo offered a bigger, better and more varied second edition of the India Food Festival on the 31st of August, following up on the astounding success of the inaugural IFF 2015 that drew thousands of attendees. With plenty of stalls, a plethora of Indian cuisine, and an array of live workshops and entertainment, this year's two-day food festival was a real treat for attendees, friends and family alike. The event featured plenty of good Indian food, music and dance, with a touch of Bollywood magic. Cuisines from all across India were available – right from biryani to bhelpuri, from pav bhaji to paneer tikka, and chicken curry to channa bhatura to mention a few. Several artists from in and around Belgium conducted various workshops on yoga and cookery. Guests witnessed the showcasing of dances as diverse as Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Bhangra and of course, Bollywood dancing. Live music was another important element, with InCo’s in-house band 'Confluence Allstars' seting the tempo for a “mehfil” style jam singing old and new Indian songs. Belgian band 'The Borderless Project' and 'Taradhin Duo' from the Netherlands also performed to the glee of the masses over the weekend.