The Festival of India Ottawa (FIO) s a premier Indian organization in the National Capital Region that celebrates Canada’s multicultural heritage and provides opportunities for various cultures to meet annually face to face, to showcase their cultures in various ways, to appreciate and respect all cultures, and to make Canada the best place for all. This three day extravaganza which runs from 11-13 August, features superb musical and dance acts from India and North America, more than sixty workshops ranging from cooking and how to put on a sari to yoga to Bollywood dancing. In addition, more than twenty vendors satisfy the needs of the patrons with their wares ranging from Indian jewelry to quality handicrafts. There are Panel Discussions on important current topics by distinguished scholars and an essay contest open to all. To top all these activities, the famed Indian cuisine from all regions of India is freshly prepared on site and delights the most demanding of palates.