SHILLONG, Nov 7 - The five-day Terra Madre, 2015, came to an end on Saturday with the Mei Ramew slow food festival of indigenous tribes held at Mawphlang near the Sacred Grooves.
Terra Madre is a network of food communities from around the world, responsible for producing quality food in a sustainable manner. During the event, indigenous knowledge is shared amongst the communities.
Thousands of people gathered at the venue which had food stalls from all corners of the country, displaying and selling their dishes. There were 41 host villages from Meghalaya that were selected during the event and each village had their food stalls installed with their local cuisines.
While stalls from Bodoland sold silkworm dishes amongst others, Apong from Arunachal Pradesh, a local beverage, was a hit amongst the visitors. There were also stalls from Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and other States. Stalls from Meghalaya sold local cuisines of different varieties, which many of the foreign tourists were seen relishing.
The event also showcased the culture and customs and songs and dances performed by different tribes of the region, which enthralled the audiences.
�We had a wonderful time and this Terra Madre was an eye-opener for us, as we came in contact with so many wonderful people,� Margaret Brascoupe, from New Mexico, USA, said.
Her partner added that indigenous people share the same knowledge and not much has changed since the times of their ancestors.
�After coming here and meeting the local indigenous people, we fell part of the same community. Most of the things are similar. We share so many things common in our food habits, customs, songs and dance etc.,� Clayton Brascoupe said.