I really enjoyed my visit to the colourful Zee London Mela in Gunnersbury Park last Sunday. The Mela is a great place to experience a heady dose of South Asian creativity and culture as well as trying an exciting range freshly prepared food and drink.
Had some lovely sugar cane juice at the Team Kaveet stall. As I haven’t come across this drink outside Asia it was a great opportunity to try it. It’s really refreshing and I think tastes a little bit like a mild sweet apple juice. The juice from the cane is extracted using a special press.
Being a sugar drink, I was surprised to find out that as it’s unrefined sugar and contains no simple sugars it has a relatively low glycemic index (the effect carbohydrate has on blood glucose levels) which keeps the body’s metabolism healthy and helps maintain a health body weight. Approximately one teaspoonful of raw sugar contains only 11 calories – just as well as I had 2 glasses!
It’s a shame that the weather was a bit wet this year but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the dancers.
Zee London Mela is good value – being completely free to get in – and a great place to spend a few hours. I am already looking forward to next year and hoping for better weather then!