Participants during the three-day tribal food festival in Agartala Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: The Tribal Research and Cultural Institute in collaboration with the tribal affairs department of Tripura has organised a three-day-long traditional tribal food festival at the Agartala Dasarath Deb Memorial premises in the state capital on Wednesday.

Speaking with reporters, revenue minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma said that the food festival is a move to boost the indigenous cuisine and the heritage of the state.

As a mark of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, this festival has started on October 2 this year.

With the initiative of the tribal affairs department, Government of Tripura particularly the tribal research institute, they have initiated to promote tribal food and culture through the food festival.

“We are in the firm belief that the people of the state will participate and enjoy this food festival. They will certainly take all sources of initiative and support this festival and we hope this will surpass last year’s success,” Debbarma said.

Meanwhile, state forest and tribal affairs minister, Mevar Kumar Jamatia, said that this last year during Durga Puja the tribal food festival was organised people from all sections had received appreciation for this initiative.

A number of indigenous food is being served at traditional tribal food festival

“We are celebrating the 150th Gandhi Jayanti and this initiative is a step to upgrade and develop our traditional food among the people. The Tripuri food is very rich and it is to encourage them and to give exposure to others. Our intention is to promote the food and we hope everyone, irrespective of their caste and community, will participate in this three-day-long food festival,” Jamatia added.

A total of six food stalls have been set up with a number of local dishes to woo the locals in the food festival this year.

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