As a run up to the Organics and Millets International Trade Fair 2018 to be held from Jan 19th-21st, 2018, the Government of Karnataka, Department of Agriculture (GOK,DOA), along with the Nutrition and Neutraceutical Research Centre (NNRC), Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences (RUAS), organised ‘The Culinary Symposium on Millets’ on Dec 20th, 2017 at the Faculty of Hospitality Management and Catering Technology, RUAS.

This was a part of the event line up aimed at spreading awareness of the upcoming fair.

The agenda was to showcase an innovative range of dishes prepared by the hotel management students using millets, followed by a symposium moderated by Ms Priya Arjun, head of NNRC and conducted by the agriculture Minister of State, Shri Krishna Byre Gowda and the Commissioner of agriculture Shri Satish G, along with Chef Ramasamy Selvaraju and the chefs of various leading restaurants and several stalwarts from the hotel and food industry. The purpose of this was to discuss how they could play a part in promoting the cause via restaurant menus.

The reputed hotel management college is situated within the huge 100 acre campus of Ramaiah that also contains several other of its institutions and it dishes up graduates who are placed with well known brands.

The gazebos under the cool tree shaded environment in front of the college, served as stations to showcase the innumerable innovations created by the talented students.

The entire decor was themed around millets, right from the entrance where posters bearing gleefully grinning millets welcomed us 😀 to the flower encircled millet heaps adorning the ground and lamps rising up from millet rangoli.

It was millets all the way with millet encrusted labels identifying the various dishes for us and food counters sheathed in fabric, bearing millet bodied Warli figures that were most likely running in a quest for healthy food 😀