By Kabeer Yousuf — MUSCAT: Feb 6 – As the countdown for the end of this year’s Muscat Festival has begun, the vast food courts where a fusion of traditional Omani cuisine with the rest of the world is prepared and served is bustling with increasing footfalls day by day. The traditional gastronomic delights of the Sultanate is taking centrestage at the festival grounds, pulling multinational crowds to its varied flavours tempting a try.
“It’s really amazing to see different people are coming to try delectable dishes we make every day”, said Umm Huda, a local woman in her sixties.
She added that the crowd is wanting to try the traditional Omani dishes with a touch of regional and international culinary delights.
“Well, I tried the Bakawla from the Omani pavilion and it tasted awesome. Now I want to try the same with an Italian touch where other ingredients will be added to taste”, Francois Bersconi, an Italian visitor adds.
There are about 50 to 100 such food pavilions including the ones that sold chat pat khana to authentic Asian and Far East delicacies. By around 4 in the evening, they are all set to give a tickle to the visitors’ taste buds with their authentic delicacies which is a must for a visitor.
The Unsung Heroes
The two festival grounds are indeed abuzz with thousands of people gallivanting through the various pavilions from 4 pm till 11pm. And littering is an inevitable part of the festival for at least some of them might not be knowing the importance of keeping the area clean. There comes the importance of these unsung heroes whose work is often overlooked at.
More than 25 such cleaning brigades roam around the grounds with a garbage bag in their hands. They make sure that the area is kept spic and span even after the day’s celebrations are over.
“I have been posted at the Naseem Garden ever since the festival began on January 19 and I along with my colleagues keep the area clean”, an expat cleaner belonging to a cleaning company told the Observer.
Indeed, their hardships are often not looked at. But they are silent warriors who fight to keep the grounds clean to make sure the visitors are offered with a clean and hygiene environment.