At the Festival of India, one can enjoy a renowned cultural program, consisting of classical and modern Indian live performances, as well as East-West fusion dance and music. One can also sample many different varieties of Indian cuisine, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, such as dosa, kachori, samosas, tandoori chicken and sweets, all of which are supplied by local Indian restaurants and families, and prepared fresh in front of patrons.
A dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer base ensures the success of the festival each year. There are also many stalls, which offer a multitude of activities for patrons of all ages to participate in, such as crafts, henna, and face-painting.
Vendors also sell a smorgasbord of traditional Indian clothing, jewelry, movies, music and other colorful souvenirs. One annual tradition at the India Festival is the cultural program competition that attracts participants of all ages to come and exhibit their unique talents including the ever-popular, crowd-pleasers such as Bollywood and Bhangra dances.
Overall, the Festival of India is a taste of the food, culture, music, dance, and tradition that is India. The festival is a small slice of India right here in Virginia --You don’t have to travel all the way to India to experience it!