Festival of India 2021 within CharlotteSHOUT!

CharlotteSHOUT! is a multi-week cultural festival designed to showcase the Charlotte community by celebrating its creativity and innovation through art, music, food, and ideas. Located primarily in Uptown. CharlotteSHOUT! features curated programming by Charlottens born here, and also those who have immigrated from many other countries and call Charlotte home. This year CharlotteSHOUT! will be held from September 17 – October 3, 2021.

The Festival of India, held annually in Charlotte, was cancelled last year, and it was a painful decision for us that we had to make for the first time in 25+ years, due to the raging pandemic. One of the challenges about doing our Festival of India this year, has been our continued struggle with gauging visitor sentiment on attending big events, particularly in closed settings. So this year, we chose to team up with CharlotteSHOUT! to present the Festival of India under its umbrella over the weekend of September 25 – 26, 2021, and collaborate on doing the Festival of India at Gateway Village in uptown Charlotte, because this venue offers many more flexible social distancing options.

We strongly believe that this is a unique facility with both open and covered spaces, with CharlotteSHOUT! planning to build a large stage with state-of-the-art sound system there. It offers lots of creative flexibility in reconfiguring our exhibits and also allows appropriate levels of social distancing for visitors. This will be a marquee event for CharlotteSHOUT that day, and we are excited about this collaborative endeavor.

For developing details, please visit us here or at www.CharlotteShout.com.

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)