The 10th day of Mahaseel Festival continued to be a crowd-puller Friday. The event has consistently been attracting a large number of shoppers eager to buy local fresh produce since it opened at Katara’s southern area on December 23.
While the annual event is scheduled to conclude Saturday, the Mahaseel souq will be open during the weekends – from Thursday to Saturday – until March 31.
“We find the vegetables here to be of high-quality and they are really fresh since they came directly from Qatari farms,” Filipino expatriate Monica Navarro told Gulf Times
Filipino expatriate Monica Navarro finds the vegetables at Mahaseel Festival of high-quality and cheaper. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
An olive tree on display at Mahaseel Festvival. PICTURE: Jayan Orma.
High demand for ornamental plants at the festival. PICTURE: Jayan Orma
A stall at Mahaseel nearly sold all its flowers and lilies yesterday. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
The fifth edition of Mahaseel Festival showcases a variety of premium vegetables. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
Indian expatriate Mohamed Meraj shows some of the vegetables he bought at Mahaseel. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
A wide range of green leafy vegetables on offer at Mahaseel Festival, which concludes today. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
Shoppers find flowers at the event appealing. PICTURE: Jayan Orma
She said they grabbed the chance to shop at Mahaseel to save more money since the prices of vegetables and other items offered by stalls are cheaper compared to the ones being sold at supermarkets.
Navarro, along with her colleagues, bought a variety of vegetables such as radish, cucumber, mushroom, squash, and quail eggs.
“We are planning to get our veggies here so for sure we will return next weekend to shop. We haven’t bought any meat being sold here but we will try it as well,” she said. “We are also looking at some ornamental plants and flowers that we can buy.”
Indian expatriate Mohamed Meraj, who was with his family and visiting Mahaseel for the first time, echoed Navarro’s view, vouching for the quality of vegetables from Qatari farms.
He said the stalls at Mahaseel offer premium vegetables at reasonable prices – “a value for money.”
“The products here are bigger in sizes, of course fresh, and I’m planning to come back in the coming weekends to explore more items such as mushrooms,” Meraj said.
Participating farms and companies also lauded the festival, describing it “a very successful annual event, which benefit both seller and buyer.”
According to Katara – the Cultural Village, Mahaseel serves as excellent platform for Qatari farms and companies to promote and market their products – ranging from fresh vegetables and fruits to poultry, dates, honey, milk and dairy to ornamental plants and flowers, and farming tools at reasonable prices.
It is learnt that the festival also witnessed a huge demand for a variety of ornamental plants and flowers, giving sellers a windfall especially during this cold season.
“Business is really good at Mahaseel, more people are buying and our lilies are some of the fast-moving items. Many shoppers find them very appealing and attractive,” said a farm staff.
Mahaseel’s latest edition focused on buying and selling of products as it cancelled all workshops and technical activities. Such move is in line with the Ministry of Public Health’s directives to limit the spread of Covid-19 and ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors.
The festival requires visitors to adhere to these Covid-19 precautionary measures such as mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, and showing of Ehteraz mobile app (green code).