Festival of India spreads its wings to the Town of Matthews 

After two successful years of partnership with the Town of Matthews in their cultural diversity initiatives, we are excited to announce our 3rd Regional Festival of India @ Matthews. This is intended to be a one-day event in an open setting in downtown Matthews, with focus on live performances of Indian Dance forms in the Stumptown Park. Here are key details about the festival.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024, from Noon to 6 PM
Location: Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade St., Matthews, NC 28105
Admission: Free
Parking: Ample free public parking is available around the venue site.

The key components of the event include:

  • Dance performances
  • Cultural exhibits
  • Visual art gallery and kids' interactive art corner
  • Indian Food Court & Souvenir Bazaar
  • Henna Tattoos, Saree wearing & Turban tying

This event is organized by the India Association of Charlotte, in active partnership with the Town of Matthews, and is supported by grant assistance from the Arts & Science Council.

Key Contacts:
Overall Lead (FOI): Niketa Mittal niketamanish@gmail.com
Event Lead (Regional FOI @ Matthews): Manisha Kulshrestha mkulshres@gmail.com
Event Co-Lead (Town of Matthews): Melissa Johnson mjohnson@matthewsnc.gov

 

Key Information for Participants:

Registration for this event starts on February 6, 2024. To register, please contact the team leads as follows:

Please note that the FOI Website may not show the latest information or status about this event. For any details or questions, contact the event lead, Manisha Kulshrestha (Cell: 609-216-2485).

We look forward to seeing you all for a day of fun for the whole family in the charming setting of downtown Matthews!

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)