The Maidstone Mela 2012

The weather has been fabulous this weekend and we made the most of it by going to the Maidstone Mela, which is held in Mote Park in Maidstone one weekend a year in September. We’ve been to the Mela on and off for the last few years (we don’t always get to go because of holidays or rubbish weather) and had a lovely afternoon there today.

Apparently ‘Mela’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘gathering’ or ‘to meet’, and that’s exactly what it is- an event celebrating music, dance, food, local business, local produce and multiculturalism. There was a stage with an itinerary which included performances by local dance schools, a steel drum band and a choir from St Petersburg. There were also stalls representing lots of local businesses and organisations.

I did take my camera, but rather foolishly hardly took any pictures, hence the lack of photographic illustration here. I think I probably just got side tracked by the food, which I did actually take some pictures of. Some of the food we had included pakoras (which I love- I always end up eating too many of them) and some tasty chicken satay:

Not the best pakoras I’ve ever had, but tasty nonetheless.

Chicken satay

We also tried jalebi, which is a sweet treat made by deep frying a kind of batter in a squiggly shape. We weren’t really sure what they were (I had to Google them later to find out what they were made of), but were intrigued watching them being made and when someone we were with bought some we thought we’d give them a go. They were alright- they mainly just tasted of sugar. I don’t think I could have managed a whole one…

Jalebi, in all its shiny orange glory.