Need of preserving indigenous food reflected amidst foreign cuisines

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IMPHAL, April 22: The second edition of the Innovative Youth Society’s Manipur Chinjak Festivals under the theme “Eat Local Think Global” has been kicked off by the tourism minister, TN. Haokip at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen with local and international flavours.
The food festival is being co-organised with the Tourism department with NE TV and Imphal Free Press as media partners.Unlike in the past such festivals, four food stalls from foreign countries including Thailand, Korea, China and Tibet are participating in this year’s edition of the Chinjak festival.
Along side the international stalls which will definitely act as the main crowd puller amidst the vast crowd of food lover Imphal citizens, varieties of mouth watering local cuisines of different communities of the state are gathering at a single place, giving a complete sense of satisfaction for the local appetite.
Some of the popular international cuisines includes the Korean Kimchi, Sangupsal, Kimbap, Tibetan Lambhi (veg), Thai traditional Tomyam, Shanghai Tops, Beijing dust of China etc.
While delivering his key note address the managing director of BOCF, Khuraijam Athouba, said they are trying to push the best of local foods of Manipur to the global market.
The Art and Culture director, K. Sobita, observed that Manipuris are apparently loosing the art of indigenous way of cooking and that the currently generation has somewhat forgotten the indigenous way of cooking. She further urged upon the people the need to revive and preserve the indigenous ways.
In his chief guest speech, tourism minister, TN. Haokip, revealed that Manipur has got many indigenous cuisines as there are many different communities residing in the state and this indigenous food can range from fermentation to drying and spicy foods to deserts. If an individual master the art of preserving the indigenous food and promote it to the international market, the individual is likely to become a millionaire, the minister added.
The minister also appealed to all concerned not to hamper in any research or project aiming to bring about development in the field and instead contribute so as to promote the food culture of the state throughout the globe.Tourism commissioner KK Chhetry, IAS, also attended the inaugural function of the festival.

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