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SRISTI, a part of Honey Bee Network
Invites you and your family to the
14th Traditional Food Festival, Sattvik, December 24-26, 2016
A crucible of cultural, and culinary creativity to revive the forgotten tastes and hence the forgotten ties!

Date: 24th to 26th December, 2016, Saturday-Sunday-Monday
Place: AES Ground, Behind TV Tower, Bodakdev Rd, Sunrise Park,
Bodakdev, Ahmedabad, Gujarat- 380052

Time: 11.00 am to 10.00 pm

Jaisa ann, waisa mun (as we shall eat, so shall we think)

SATTVIK – the festival to celebrate traditional nutritious food and associated knowledge systems was started fourteen years ago at the IIM-A, to provide market based incentives for conserving agro-biodiversity. Creation of demand for rarely or less cultivated nutritionally rich crops and varieties may stimulate their cultivation. The paradox of development is that the food rich eat, is often poor. While food that poor grow in poorer regions is richer. In less rainfall regions, soil minerals don’t leach much and thus crops grown there like millets, sorghum pulses etc., are richer. This festival aspires to put the lesser known but nutrient-rich food from various areas on the plate of urban communities helping them to adopt healthier food habits and lifestyle. The festival also hopes to encourage the farmers to grow such crops and augment their incomes. Thus, we seek your presence and participation in the event. Sattvik also hosts an innovation exhibition by National Innovation Foundation, and Gujarat Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network.

This year’s SATTVIK will witness many new features. We are happy to inform that Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, has sponsored 50 food and craft stalls from different parts of the country. You must patronise them to make them feel that Ahmedabad is place which nurtures innovations and enterprises, small or big. We gratefully acknowledge the proactive step taken by the WCD ministry.

An added attraction of this year is that we will be exhibiting 200 varieties of rice of which dishes of 20 varieties of rice will be available for tasting. Another interesting feature of the SATTVIK 2016 is that we will be offering traditional recipes of food from North eastern states such as Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh.

Keeping with times, we have made provisions of Paytm; and, swiping machine for credit/debit card holder to facilitate cashless payments, in view of the demonetisation (no transaction will be possible with old Rs.1000 and Rs. 500 notes)

For the last 14 years, we have been organising the Festival at IIM-A. However, due to space constraints because of the ever increasing size of the festival in terms of number of stalls and foot falls, this year we had to shift SATTVIK to its present location, behind TV Tower. SRISTI is extremely grateful to the management of IIM-A for extending their wholehearted cooperation to SATTVIK and permitting us to organise 13 Food Festivals at IIMA Ground. We gratefully acknowledge their contribution and continued support in making SATTVIK such a great success.

The following events will be part of the Sattvik:

  • Farmers’ fair of organic and eco-friendly agro- products
  • Crafts, Pottery, Folk Dance and Songs
  • Exhibition of Grassroots Innovations
  • Crafts, Pottery, Folk Dance and Songs

Objectives of the “Sattvik – Traditional Food Festival”

  • To provide a platform for popularizing traditional dishes made by using forgotten or under-consumed crops like Kodra (Paspalum scrobiculatum), Bavta, Nagli (Elusine coracana), Samo (Echinocloa colonum), Jowar (Sorghum vulgare), Bajri (Pennisetum glaucum), ragi (millet) and maize (Zeamays) and to reconstitute the taste and nutritional value among the urban people with a vision to conserve and raise the demand of such lesser known varieties.
  • To popularize the use of nutritious unknown/uncultivated plants and vegetables by sharing delicious dishes based on such plants.
  • To generate a renewed interest in conservation of indigenous, local and rare varieties of seeds by organizing exhibition of such seeds and sale of such seeds. Sattvik aims to provide a platform for conservation the biodiversity of local crops.
  • To organize an innovation exhibition to link creative rural grassroots innovators and students with entrepreneurs and investors
  • To popularize folk-lore, folk-songs, folk-tales, art and forgotten traditional musical instruments
  • To extend the support to organic farmers for increasing interactions among themselves and create a self-organised socio-ecological movement. Sattvik helps them in selling their organic products directly to the consumers (minor millets, grains, pulses, spices, vegetables, cow ghee, sesame oil, different types of roots and chemical free jaggery etc.).

Join us to conserve the depleting agro-biodiversity and popularise healthy thoughts, practice and values!

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