The Goa Carnival, Food & Cultural Festival 2013, a grand celebration of its rich culture and heritage, will take place from 8th to 12th of February, 2013.
Designed to get people to 'Come together' for several days of music, dancing and other activities, this public party and float parade is expected to draw tourists from the country and all over the world.
In recognition of Goa's diverse population including its vast tourist populace, the event promotes a message of tolerance, friendship and inclusiveness. The Opening Ceremony will kick off at D.B. Marg, Panaji on the 9th of February, 2013.
Goa Tourism has left no stone unturned to take the 2013 Carnaval experience to a heightened level of excitement and entertainment. The festival, as usual, will feature float parades in four cities i.e. Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapusas
However, for the very first time, the Carnival experience will include the Food & Cultural Festival which is envisaged over a period of 5 days, from the 8th to the 12th of February 2013 at the NIWS Grounds, Caranzalem, Panaji. It will offer visitors the opportunity to experience cuisine and culture in a positive way, through a unique blend of food, fun, local and national live music performances, fashion shows, and entertainment.
Visitors can expect live music from national level performers like Anushka Manchanda, Parikrama, Remo and Indian Ocean spread across five days, as well as more than 70 stalls providing food, beverages and lifestyle products. The festival will also feature a line-up of famous local bands. A fashion show by ace designer Wendell Rodricks is touted to be one of the main highlights.
An element of competition has also been introduced with entries being invited for the King Momo Contest and the cooking competition. The cooking competition will take place at the NIWS Grounds during the Food & Cultural Festival.
To make the celebration more inclusive, the Carnaval experience will also comprise live musical performances featuring local bands at Colva and Mapusa from the 9th to the 12th of February, 2013.
The event management agency entrusted with the responsibilities for conducting the 5- day fiesta of fun, food and frolic is M/s Vinsan Graphics, an agency based in Goa with branches in Mumbai and Delhi.
Commenting on the Goa Carnaval, Food & Cultural Festival, a spokesperson from Goa Tourism said, "We strongly urge people to join the festivities and come out in large numbers to participate. We are reviving the yesteryears fervor of the Carnaval with larger-than-life decor, mask installations and a Food &. Cultural Festival — the biggest of its kind in Goa."