Mei Ramew is a unique food festival that is organized in the state of Meghalaya to bring the old traditional cuisines to limelight and introduce them to the new generations. The festival is organized in collaboration with the state government and majorly by the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS). The main aim of the festival is to revive the old ways of cooking food and prepare the recipes that got lost or eliminated from our lifestyle because they either required an elaborate cooking process or were time-consuming.
Mei Ramew is a two-day annual festival that Meghalaya has been celebrating since 2010. The festival is an opportunity for the locals to prepare and relish the indigenous cuisines, crops, and locally available spices along with the herbs and shrubs. The Mei Ramew festival is organized in Mawphlang town in Meghalaya. Mei Ramew in Khasi language means ‘Mother Earth’ and the festival also has an official theme song which is called ‘Ko Mei Ramew’.
Every year the festival is given a theme such as sustainability, traditional food culture, and sometimes music as well. Communities and tribes from other north-eastern states also travel to Mawphlang to showcase their food culture and indigenous cuisines. For tourists, the festival is a chance to taste unique dishes that they will not find in any fancy hotel’s menu and for the locals its an opportunity to relive their forgotten food culture.
Slow Food is an organization that was founded in Italy in 1986. The main aim of the society is to promote the local, and traditional food in every community and offer a healthy alternative to people from trending fast food.
Terra Madre, on the other hand, is a local network of food communities that was launched by Slow Food. The people from this community associate with the regional farmers, and fishermen to share knowledge about the sustainable ways of farming, food, nutrition, and increasing productivity in the field.
Because the festival revolves around food there are a few unique dishes that you will not find anywhere else in the country hence you must taste them here. Some of the star dishes of the festival are Smoked Beef with Wild Edibles, Water Celery Salad, Fine Fern Omelet, Jadoh Rice, Pumaloi, and Bamboo Shoots.
The Mei Ramew farmer’s market is a major attraction of the festival where visitors can buy the organically produced fruits and vegetables. Besides the regular kitchen crops, fruits, and veggies, wild edibles are also available in the market for buying.
Mei Ramew products comprise crops and food items that are sourced directly from the farmers and are branded by NESFAS to be sold in the urban markets. NESFAS takes care of the branding and marketing of these products. Pink rice, sticky rice, honey, pineapple jam, perilla seeds, and black sesame seeds are some fast-selling products from their inventory.
Mawphlang is a beautiful village located in Meghalaya. The village is home to the popular Khasi tribe, Khasi Heritage Village, a lush green forest cover which the local people consider sacred, tribal festivals and varied vibrant cultural events. Mawphlang is visited by trekkers, and nature lovers from across the country.
From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru, Mawphlang is nearly 2,000km, 2,800km, 1,100km and 2,900km away respectively. The road network in and around the village is well developed hence you may consider traveling by road from Shillong and other nearby towns and cities. Scroll till the end to find the best travel options and alternatives.
By Road. If you are planning to travel by road to this appetizing food festival then you may either take an inter-state tourist bus or may take your personal vehicle to reach Mawphlang via motorable state and national highways.
From Shillong, you are required to cover a distance of 25km via Mawsynram-Shillong Road. Arriving from Cherrapunji you can take SH5 to reach Mawphlang in approximately 90 minutes covering a stretch of 45km. From Nongkrem you have to cover a distance of 30km via Mawsynram-Shillong Road. You may also arrive here from Guwahati via NH6 covering a distance of nearly 120km which will take approximately three and a half hours.
By Rail. Guwahati railway station is the nearest train station to reach Mawplhang. From the station, one has to travel another 120km approx. to reach the village which is three and a half-hour drive away from a bus or a taxi. From the station, you can take a taxi or a local bus to reach Mawphlang.
From Delhi you may consider traveling by Porvotar S Kranti or Avadh Assam Express, from Mumbai: Karmabhoomi Express, from Kolkata: Kamrup Express, or Kanchanjanga Express, from Siliguri Junction: North East Express, from Jorhat Town Junction: Jan Shatabdi Express, from Dibrugarh: Vivek Express and from Bengaluru: Guwahati Express.
By Air. Shillong airport is the nearest airport to reach Mawphlang. From the airport, one has to cover another 50km to reach the Mawphlang town. One may take the locally available public transport like a taxi or a bus to commute to the desired location.
There are majorly connecting flights from the metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru with a stopover in Kolkata. IndiGo runs a non-stop flight of 110 minutes from Kolkata with a one-way fare starting from Rs.2900.
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13 March 2019
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