After Versova and Worli, Juhu gets its own Koli food festival where ladies in navvaris will serve fresh catch against a stunning view of the Arabian Sea
The fisherwomen from the community will handle 25 stalls at the festival; (right) Dishes will be cooked using the freshest catch
Instead of lazing at home this weekend, do yourself a favour and go get a taste of authentic Koli cuisine at the Amcha Juhu: Juhu Koliwada Seafood Festival.
While the residents of Versova Koliwada have held many such festivals in the past, this is the first time the Juhu Koliwada’s residents have come together to host this kind of event. The aim, we are informed, is to empower the fisherwomen and raise awareness about the issues faced by the Kolis, in addition to highlighting the community’s role in safeguarding the coast.
"The women will put up 25 stalls and serve authentic Koli dishes. You’ll find seafood in all forms — fried, curried and dry fish preparations," says Smita Concessao, a member of the organising committee.
"You can expect a variety of dishes, such as fried pomfret , tisrya (clams) sukka and masala-stuffed crab. You will also get to try Bambooke Bombil, a dish that is peculiar to the community and features fried Bombay Duck that has been half-dried outdoors on bamboo scaffolding," she adds.
The women manning the stalls will be dressed in traditional attire, and there will also be Koli folk performances for attendees to enjoy.
Concessao says, "The ambience, too, is worth mentioning. Everything has been placed in such a way that people can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea. You can pick up your food, sit by the sea and just dig in."
ON: February 25 and 26, 6 pm to 11.30 pm
AT: Juhu Tara Koliwada.