Who said organic food is bland? Varagu/saamai cutlet, varagarisi kozhi biriyani, thinai alwa and sola maavu dosai were some of the dishes that indulged the taste buds of visitors to the organic food festival at the ‘Aimpoodha Sutrusuzhal Vizha’ on Sunday.
An unexpected crowd of more than 3,500 people gathered at the food carnival for this different experience. “We expected only around 2,000 people, but we were surprised to see people turn up in such large numbers. We are happy that people have started talking about organic food and exploring the idea,” said Sivaraman of Poovulagin Nanbargal, an environmental organisation.
The fest did attract a lot of youngsters as it was held at a popular arts college in the city. The Parai Aatam performance by an artiste from Tiruvannamalai added spice to the evening. Many families had dropped in to learn more about organic food.
“We have read a lot about the benefits of organic food, especially in Sivaraman’s article in Vikatan. Till now, we haven’t tasted it. This is a great opportunity to experiment,” said Shankar, who came with his family.
The objective was to bring out the benefits of organic food and convey it to the public. “If we want to save our environment, we have to encourage organic farming. It is high time that the government intervened and hired organic farmers,” said Sivaraman.
Just as how the organisers expected, people were heard discussing how to bring back these traditional ingredients to their dishes.
“We are surely going to try all these at home, now that we also have the recipe,” said Kavitha, a housewife who was all praise for the recipe booklet that was provided with the food.