Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Home Art & Culture Goa museum provides peek into the history of brewing cashew-made liquor, feni

Goa museum provides peek into the history of brewing cashew-made liquor, feni


Bottles of feni dating back to 1950s, glassware used to serve the drink, old wooden dispensers and measuring equipment catch one’s eyes during a visit to the one-of-its-kind museum dedicated to the art of brewing the cashew-made liquor in Goa. The museum’s owner and local entrepreneur, Nandan Kudchadkar, asserts that they do not promote the habit of liquor consumption, but the gallery has been set up to showcase the unique and rich legacy of brewing feni in the coastal state. 

He claims it to be the first museum in the world dedicated to history of brewing alcohol. The ‘Museum of Alcohol’, set up in 1,300 sq ft area on a busy lane connecting the tourism hub of Sinquerim and Candolim in North Goa’s beach belt, about 10 km from Panaji, provides a glimpse into the past and present of the state’s famous brew ‘feni’, made out of cashew apples. 

On display in four rooms inside the museum are various old mud pots, measuring equipment from the 16th century which were used while serving feni, an antique wooden shot dispenser, a ‘garv’ (scale) used to measure the potency of feni and a rare crystal Australian beer glass sourced from Russia. It also exhibits glassware collected from across the globe, chalices, snifters, inclined wine glasses, the world’s tallest shot glass from Poland, and other items. 

The museum also has a cellar, where bottles of cashew and coconut feni dating back to the 1950s are lined up. “The museum is located on a busy street, where I could have made money through any of my other ventures. But, I thought of putting up this project here because I wanted to showcase our rich legacy to visitors,” Kudchadkar told PTI. 

He also said that by way of the gallery, they are not encouraging people to consume alcohol. “We don’t promote the habit of drinking, but we support responsible drinking,” he said. 

The museum displays various antiques that were used to manufacture feni in earlier times. Kudchadkar recalls how he developed the passion for collecting such antiques almost three decades back when he used to visit people along with his father. 

“I used to be pained looking at the way people were discarding the antiques. I started collecting them. Initially, they used to make fun of me by calling me a scrap dealer, but I kept on collecting the antiques,” he said. Out of the four rooms in the museum, one is dedicated to other items related to Goa’s culinary culture, including old stoves, spoons, mortar-and-pestles, grinders and graters. 

Kudchadkar also has a collection of petromax lanterns, which were used to illuminate taverns during the Portuguese era. The businessman says the museum is not a profit-making venture for him, but “a tribute to my motherland”. 

Follow more stories on Facebook and Twitter

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.





Source link

RELATED ARTICLES

Sussanne Khan turns son Hridhaan Roshan’s art into pieces for her design store

Interior designer Sussanne Khan founded and introduced The Charcoal Project on Feb 26th, 2011 which soon turned into her successful brainchild and while...

Handpicked art and decoratives for your home, this festive season

Come Diwali and ideas to deck one’s home start cropping up. And if you’re in search of handpicked, limited-edition artworks to give your...

My losing Streak with email cookies: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

Each time we visit a website, it sends cookies to the device we access it from. These are small, invisible files that remember...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Rafael Nadal ready for Roland Garros despite injury issues

Nadal had said last week that daily training was a challenge and he would take a doctor with him to Paris after a...

Saha, Shami picked in Bengal Ranji squad for quarter-final

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) also named fast bowler Mohammed Shami in the squad. However, his participation will need a clearance from...

LSG skipper K L Rahul: Nothing comes easy, we had to learn that the hard way

Lucknow Super Giants needed a win against Rajasthan Royals to book its berth in the Indian Premier League playoffs. But a 24-run defeat...

This is as big as it gets in Indian sport: Pullela Gopichand

Pullela Gopichand delivered one of India’s great sporting moments as a player, winning the All England title in 2001. As chief national coach,...

Recent Comments