Doha, January 03 (QNA) - The first edition of Mahaseel Festival opened Tuesday in the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) in collaboration with the Agricultural Affairs Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the participation of a number of Qatari farms and foodstuff firms.
Katara General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti said the festival features 22 outlets and 12 mobile vehicles all offering Qatari agricultural products including vegetables, fresh fruits, honey, poultry, dairy, fresh juices and flowers.
A date palm exhibition, school competitions and weekly contests are among the other highlights of the festival to support and promote the country's agricultural and livestock industry. "Katara believes the festival will act as a vital contributor to development, quality and competitiveness, in addition to offering the best services in the market to the producers and consumers from various social categories. Finally, we wish Mahaseel Festival will live up to accomplish all its targets," Dr. Al Sulaiti said.
He added that the festival is a new initiative that stems from Katara's role in serving the community. "This initiative is a renewal of Katara's commitment towards supporting Qatari agricultural sector and national livestock and food products, as well as offering new business opportunities to the owners of Qatari farms."
In turn, HE Sheikh Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani , the Ministry of Municipality and Environment's assistant undersecretary for agriculture and fisheries, praised the concept of the festival, hailing Katara's efforts in cooperating with the ministry.
At the end of each day of the festival, Katara will work with Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) to distribute quantities of displayed food products to vulnerable families.
As a gesture of support to the farm owners taking part in this festival, Katara restaurants will buy its food-product requirements from the festival to embrace the hygiene and quality standards of the showcased local products.
The festival runs until January 7 from 8.00 am to 9.00 pm and then will remain open on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of April from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.
It will also feature several events and student-based activities, such as basket decoration competition that is scheduled to run daily at 5.00 pm and cart decoration competition which will be devoted especially for ten local schools. In addition to a weekly contest entitled "Color the Sketch" that will be open for the public where each winner will receive a QR 200 vouchers.
Other events include fun and academic art workshops are scheduled to take place from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The festival will also include the palms exhibition to promote awareness on the phases accompanying the planting process of the tree, pollination, fruits, its importance and benefits to health, the relevant foods, industries and traditional crafts as well as the honored status of the palm tree in the holy Quran. Moreover, the festival will stage agricultural docks to instruct children and visitors on the various phases of planting trees starting with preparing the soil, planting seeds, irrigation, respiration, and methods of providing best care to plants and fruits.
The festival will also have a zone for local popular foods under the supervision of Qatari women and housewives who will share their expertise with visitors on how to make delicious local dishes using chicken, poultry, and available milk products at the festival. Food fans will also be in for a special treat as hot meals will be distributed around too. (END)