Dasara food festival (Aahara Mela), the major attraction of the Mysuru Dasara this year, is all set to offer a wide range of special foods – traditional to contemporary.
On Wednesday, sub-committee of Dasara Food Festival conducted a training programme for the storekeepers at the Scouts and Guides ground where officers gave information on how to maintain food safety and standards and advised them to give importance on quality and hygiene.
Addressing the gathering, deputy director of Food and Civil Supplies, K Rameshwarappa said: “Today there is a phenomenal change in the food habits of people. With an aim to bring and cater a wide range of special and unique foods for the people of Mysuru and tourists, we are organising the food festival from October 1 to 9. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will formally inaugurate the programme on october 1 at 1:30 pm by serving food to specially-abled children. This year a total of 90 and odd stalls have been given permission. We have given a strict instruction to the storekeepers not to use low standard food items and if those things come to our notice, they will be booked under law,” he said.
“We have made two divisions, one which offers vegetarian food and the other non-vegetarian food. On October 2, as part of Gandhi Jayanti, we have directed the storekeepers not to prepare non-vegetarian foods,” he added.
“Stalls of 20*10 ft have been constructed and a lung space has been provided to store the goods. A separate space for storm-water drain has been made,” he said.
A separate section of stalls for star hotels and MNC’s have been categorised in the ‘F’ division and a health centre in the ‘E’ division has been set up this year.