Nutrifest

NUTRIFEST - “A festival for nutritional awareness” is organized every year at the centre to create awareness on the importance of right and balanced diet in growing children. This year it was celebrated on Friday 13th March 2020, between 11.00 am and 1.30 pm. This is the thirteenth year that we are organizing this festival. The event is specially designed to focus on the importance of nutritional intervention for special children. “Healthy Foods, Healthy Kids”.

The theme this year was “Dal and Pulses in Everyday Diet”. There was a cookery competition on the theme and marks were awarded as per the criteria listed below :

  • Innovative and easily preparable recipe
  • Presentation of the dish
  • Charts depicting the nutritive value and role of dal and pulses in a balance diet

Mothers of children in the age groups of birth to 2 years, 2 to 4 years and 4 to 6 years took part. Earlier the student of SIET College from their Nutrition and Dietetics department came and gave a demo to the mothers on ingredients (Dal and pulses) they could use for their recipes and taught them how to cook with these ingredients.

The Judges of this year were :

  • Mrs. Christina Sharmila Moses, who has specialized in cookery skills having trained at the Oriental Cuisines, Chennai and in Singapore and is a TV host having conducted cookery shows on Kalaignar TV, Jaya TV, Podhigai and Zee Tamil.
  • Mr. V Desikan a graduate from the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Chennai and who has over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Dr. Subramanian MBBS MD having over 10 years experience in Pediatrics. Currently he is the medical consultant to our centre.

On the day of the festival the parents with their children, teachers and other invitees gathered in the MNC hall with a colorful array of dishes, vying with each other for taste and display. About 50 dishes came out on the table and the three judges were put to difficulty in selecting the dishes that were outstanding.

From the 5 groups that prepared dishes for the competition one of the group (age group 4-6) were adjudged the best and appreciated. This group included a father too. The take away was the awareness the whole event created for “Dal and Pulses” and the record of recipes that was complied for future use. A copy of the recipes is available in the MNC office.

The day came to a close with the shield being awarded to the best team and the judges’ comments on the display and improvements that can be brought in.

Nutrifest Photo Gallery

Display by one of the groups

Display by one of the groups
Display of second group

Display of second group
The judges with the parents

The judges with the parents
The rolling shield being awarded

The rolling shield being awarded