Goa Forest Development Corporation

Goa Forest Development Corporation

Panjim Goa

Cashew Fest


April 15, 2023

GFDC is collaboration with all concerned organized first-ever cashew fest on 15th& 16th April , 2023 at the Dayanand Bandodkar Ground , Campal Panaji and brought together various stakeholders from the cashew sector like SHGs , Farmers, Industry including processors, distillers, retailers, agriculturists, restaurant owners , academicians, technical experts and others. The festival aimed to showcase cashew and discuss ways to increase its production in the state.
It was the first edition of Goa cashew fest and presented a unique opportunity to educate the youth, new generation in farming community etc about the significance of cashew harvesting and promoting and preserving the rich history of cashews in Goa. It was a delightful celebration helped to bring together culture, tradition, and the significance of cashew in the state’s identity. Festival provides significant platform to discuss various reasons/factors for low productivity of Cashew in State inspite of all favorable and conducive environment .

 Cashew festival promoted the traditional method of making feni, a local alcoholic beverage made from cashew juice through Cashew Gallery and showcased the Goan Kunbi fabric. In addition, by-products made from cashews were promoted and sold at the event.

During inaugural function of this festival Hon,ble Chief Minister of Goa Dr Pramod Sawant, while appreciating the efforts of GFDC declared during the inaugural function that Cashew fest as ‘State festival’ and henceforth will be celebrated every year on the lines of International Film Festival .
Very good response was received. Approximately 30,000 visitors include delegates, experts, event partners and other attended the festival.