The Rayalseema Food and Dance Festival is organized by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department to highlight the cuisine and culture of the Rayalseema area of the state. Rayalseema lies in Tirupathi in Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh. The festival is organized to coincide with the Brahmotsavam celebrations at Tirupati, which normally falls in the month of October.
The Brahmotsavam is a much awaited event in Tirupathi. During this 9-day festival, the idol of Lord Venkateswara is dressed up in different attire every day and carried through the streets on a palanquin. The entire city is decorated, and lakhs of devotees pour in to witness the grand event. The Rayalseema Food and Dance festival is organized during this time to take advantage of the heavy influx of tourists.
Over the years, the Rayalseema Food and Dance Festival has grown tremendously. Leading artists from the region are invited to participate in the festival. Special efforts are made to include art forms that are fast getting extinct. The festival is thus a reminder of a time when India’s culture was rich with myriad dance and music forms.
Over the years, the festival has expanded its scope to include the entire state. Dance and music from across Andhra Pradesh are exhibited at the festival. The cultural and cuisine section of the festival are equally popular. Stalls are set up to serve local delicacies.