Kahwah, a traditional drink of Kashmir Valley was a hit among visitors on the inaugural day of 18th National Youth Festival here on Sunday.
Many visitors were seen beating the chill with the help of the tea at the stall of Jammu and Kashmir.
Food stalls from various states were installed for the festival where visitors from across India could enjoy a variety of drinks and food.
“I drank Kahwah after many years as it is usually not available here. It was very tasty and helped me feel warm in the chilly weather. I have had it twice since morning,” said Ravinder Singh, deputy project director of Agricultural Technology Management Agency.
Another visitor, Kanwardeep Singh, a farmer, said, “It was an energetic drink and I enjoyed it. Whenever I get a chance, I take this drink during various exhibitions.”
“We used saffron, cardamom, sugar and almonds to prepare this drink, which is being appreciated by the visitors. It is a traditional drink which gives a lot of energy and also helps to keep the body warm to beat the chill. It takes around 15 minutes to prepare this drink,” Basharat Hussain, owner of the stall, said.
Meanwhile, huge rush was also seen at the food stall of Bihar where visitors enjoyed Litti Chokha, a special dish from Bihar.
DS Singh, an NSS official, said, “I got the chance to taste Litti Chokha here and I also offered it to my colleagues to taste it as it my state's special dish, which is generally prepare at home.”
Besides, Uttar Pradesh's Jalebi and Punjab's lassi also attracted visitors. Other stalls started offering products after noon.
Junk food served at Punjab's stalls
While stalls of other states were offering their local cuisine, a few stalls under the banner of Punjab were serving junk food, including chips and cold drinks. One of the doctors on government duty, said, “It is wrong to serve junk food under the name of Punjab. There are many other traditional dishes which could have been displayed.”
Police men fail to pay up
Though policemen were seen enjoying dishes and traditional drinks of various states, many of them did not even bother to pay for them. Owner of a food stall said, “Some policemen visited my stall and ate different food items, but they did not pay for them. It is frustrating as we came here after covering hundreds of miles.”
A stall member, who was serving a traditional drink, said, “Some policemen enjoyed the drinks, but did not pay. However, few policemen did pay after buying the products.”