INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE - Announcement of FOI Glimpses

INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE    Announcement of FOI Glimpses     11-02-2021

As we indicated in our Press Release of 8/23/2021, that after Charlotte Center City Partners decided to postpone all events under the Charlotte SHOUT initiative this year, we followed their lead and decided to cancel our Festival of India, that we had rescheduled for September 25, 2021 at the Gateway Village Uptown.

FOI is a sheer labor of love for our all volunteer team, and we have been heartened by the continuing support and encouragement of all our ardent sponsors.

Even though we were very disappointed, our team is passionate about our mission, and were clamoring to persevere, and they have been working hard on a virtual "Glimpses of the Festival of India" event, based on the theme of celebrating a very popular Indian festival called Diwali. We are delighted to present a video recording of that live event here at: 

https://youtu.be/yulv6AQjr7g

Hope you enjoy the video presentation and walk away with a tiny glimpse of our rich cultural heritage? In the process, we also take pride in keeping the spirit of Festival of India alive here, and are committed to continuing our annual festival Uptown, next Fall. We pledge to keep you informed as we start planning for that early next year, and will keep you updated with the latest on this website.

Food at the Festival

The cuisine of India is very diverse. The regional food platter varies significantly from state to state.  These differences  have developed over millennia and have been shaped by local food availability, religious beliefs and customs but also by interactions with other cultures. Mughalai cuisine, for instance, was born out of the mingling of food in the north-western part of the subcontinent and Persian cooking carried in by early Mughal rulers. Indian cuisine has been and is still evolving, as a result of the nation's cultural interactions with other societies.

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Gastronomical delights of India  are characterized by their richly textured taste resulting from an extensive use of various spices and herbs. Around 30% of Indians are vegetarian and therefore vegetarian dishes are greatly emphasized in Indian cuisine. In addition, a variety of dishes involving sea food, chicken and mutton are also an integral part of the cuisine. 

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In big part, the choice of food is determined by geographical locations (whether a region is close to the sea, desert or the mountains), and economics. Traditional Indian cuisine is also seasonal, and utilizes fresh produce.

Our attempt at the Festival is to present a sampling of most popular items from each of the four regions of the country.

(If you are interested in being a food vendor at the festival, please register by following the link below)