Celebrating the spirits of Goa

Goa Tourism in association with the Goa Feni Distillers and Bottlers is all set to organise the second edition of The Spirit of Goa Festival 2019 from April 26 to April 28.

The three-day event revolves around Goa’s much loved possessions: the coconut and cashew, in a variety of products, cuisines, beverages, handicrafts, etc showcasing the traditional aspects and the goodness associated with this produce including homegrown spirits ranging from local brews, homemade wines and more.

The festival will also have live demos on distilling of the cashew juice into Goa’s much relished heritage brew, feni. Besides authentic Goan food, coconut and cashew will also be the key ingredients in the cuisines and beverages prepared and served during the three-day festival.

A cashew stomping competition will also be organised along with masterclasses and cooking demos conducted by mixologist Karl Fernandes and chef Avinash Martins and Tiz Martins who will showcase some authentic yet innovative Goan cuisine.

A variety of exciting programmes, workshops, competitions and more will be scheduled to enthrall the audience.

From timeless Konkani and Portuguese classics to modern day English Latin styles with jazz and funk rhythms, the festival’s lineup boasts of well-curated large format ensembles with full brass sections never seen on stage before.

Day 1, April 26 will witness the duo band ‘Valentinos’ perform alongside authentic and traditional Goan dances followed by the ‘Take 5’ musical ensemble.

Day 2, April 27 will feature a Goan music group ‘Clay Jars’ featuring Goa’s youngest drummer and a fusion dance group. This act will be followed by The Coffee Cats ensemble.

Day 3, April 28 will see ‘Jazz Junction’ light up the stage with their Latin grooves and jazz funk, featuring guest singers from Goa and Portugal.

The finale will be Goa’s very own legend, Lorna who will perform live bringing a fitting closure to the three day festival. The festival will also feature a serenading live acoustic brass band on the grounds to add to the festival.

A digitally mapped screen will feature customised authentic Goan-themed backdrops with full 3D animation, making it a visual treat for all the visitors. Parking around the venue will be arranged in a one-way format with one entry and one exit. If parking is full, visitors are advised to use the parade ground. The traffic police appeals to all car owners not to park their vehicles on the footpaths.