lasted until the 7th of January, after which it will be hosted every weekend until the end of April, in Katara's southern area.
Mahaseel festival continued to draw in throngs of visitors, as people from all walks of life, attracted by the quality and variety of agricultural and live-stock produce on offer, poured in. Members of the public, ranging from school children and media personnel through to representatives of diplomatic missions, continue to visit the venue and express their appreciation at the diverse range of fresh, organic and locally sourced vegetables and fruits on display.
The festival witnessed a vivid number of school visits, entailing 1100 students; where students were seen to be delighted with the hands-on experience in gardening, offered at the various agricultural docks that dot the venue and at the various activities present at the first edition of Mahaseel festival.
The Cultural Village Foundation-Katara is keen on extending its support to local enterprises, such as the various agricultural and live-stock producers displaying their goods in the ongoing exhibit. This support is seen as Katara's acknowledgment of the high standards of quality and hygiene, of all locally grown and farm-sourced produce.
Elaborating on the upcoming events of Mahaseel Festival, the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara, HE Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti said, "The festival will continue to host 22 sales outlets and 12 mobile vending vehicles which will offer visitors the best quality of produce including fruits, vegetables, honey, poultry and dairy products in addition to flowers."
Additionally, Katara's chief remarked that the launch of Mahaseel Festival is considered to be a new initiative that stems from Katara's vision of serving the community, by working with and supporting local businesses, institutions and charities. With this in mind, the festival will continue to feature competitions, exhibitions and interactive events to promote public awareness and interest in Qatari food produce. Restaurants at the cultural village will continue to support the venture by sourcing all their fresh produce from the participating outlets at the festival.
The festival will continue to feature several events including competitions where students from Qatari schools could compete in events such as vegetable decorating and floral arrangements. This was in addition to a weekly contest, entitled "Colour your Sketch" in which winners will receive a voucher worth 200 Qatari Riyals to purchase items from Mahaseel Festival.
In addition to these events, the festival presented a date palm exhibition titled 'Nakheel', to raise public interest about the natural life cycle of the palm tree, and to increase awareness of its health and commercial benefits. The festival elaborated on the significance of the palm tree in the Holy Quran.
In order to avoid undue wastage of fresh produce, Katara co-ordinates with various charitable organizations to ensure that, at the end of each day, surplus produce is distributed amongst needy families in the country.
It is noteworthy that delicious dishes were distributed amongst Mahaseel visitors, from a fresh lamb barbequed on site.