The first edition of Mahaseel Festival opened on 3 January at 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 food outlets.

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.

Dr Al Sulaiti said:

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.’

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 families in need.

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 7 January, open from 8 am—9 pm. It will remain open on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of April from 8 am—6 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.

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. Foodies will also be in for a special treat as hot meals will be distributed around.

Source: QNA
Image credit: Katara