If you enjoy authentic Indian cuisine, music and/or culture, this weekend’s IndiaFest should be on your to-do list.
The Indo-Canadian Community Centre Society is organizing the second annual event. All proceeds go directly towards the group’s community centre that will be built at 164 Chain Lake Dr.
Land has already been cleared onsite, and the society’s members hope to start construction by next year.
Once built, the centre will include kitchen and banquet facilities, meeting space and an area for cultural performances. It will also be made available on a rental basis to the community at large and will be the host site for future India Fest events.
“We are progressing and hope to raise the rest of the money we need (to build) this year,” explained Dr. Dinesh Sinha, past president of the non-profit charitable society.
“We are hoping to have at least the same response to this year’s festival that we had last year, which was very good, especially for our first.”
With ‘fabulous’ food on offer, a slate of great cultural programming, and lots of free parking, he expects this year’s ‘bigger and better’ India Fest to once again draw a good crowd.
Although there was no entrance fee last year, they’re asking for a $2 donation at the door this time around.
“We’ll have a different kind of (set-up) for food from different parts of India so people can enjoy different tastes,” Sinha said.
In addition to the food stalls--a big draw at most cultural festivals--this weekend’s India Fest will include music and cultural performances, clothing, jewellery, health and wellness, yoga, Henna, a fashion show and a children’s fun area.
The event takes place Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at the Halifax Forum from 11 am to 9 pm.