The October month marks the beginning of festivities, food and lots of fun. Get ready to be soaked in the festival fever as the city is gearing up to tease your taste buds by presenting some of best food festivals. Mark your calendars, plan a leave, cancel all your appointments and brace yourself to put some extra kilos as good days are just a few days ahead. Here are three big food festivals that you cannot even thinking of giving a miss:-
FOODISTAN (10 Heads Festival)
10 Heads Festival is a perfect place to indulge yourself as it rolls 10 small festivals into one BIG DADDY OF FESTIVALS packing in 10 key interest areas ranging from music to food, fashion to arts and shopping to technology.
Their gastronomical experience titled Foodistaan features more than 30 varieties of culinary practices from across the world. It is going to be a foodie’s delight as it covers everything you can think of like top ranking restaurants, street food, gourmet bazaars, spice fair, farmer’s market and a lot more.
Abhishek Mankad, director of 10 Heads Festival and the inceptor of Foodistaan reveals that all participants will be doing a special menu with 1-2 dishes, that will only be whipped up for the Foodistaan patrons.
Cutting the clutter, it features a variety of cuisines – both popular and lesser known. And it also gives equal importance to the street food, dhaba menus and family restaurants along with some of the well-established brands. Indulge in some traditional dishes like Taufiq Ki Biryani, Mathura Ki Kachori, Daulat Ki Chaat, Lotan Choley Wala while experiencing pop-up restaurants/bars such as Ibiza’s Bar Barlovento and London’s Mavericks Pizzeria.
The list of other participating brands includes names like Beer Café, Fat Lulus, Doner Grill, Chaayos, Burger Singh, Queen’s Bar, The Pasta Bowl Company, Rustom’s – Parsi Bhonu, Café Delhi Heights, The Kathis, Faarsi, Raasta, Mahabelly, Amritsari Kulcha, Kathputli, Delhi Canteena and Coriander Leaf among others. Home chefs such as Addicted, Freshly Baked, Berry Tree, Chocazure, Confiteria from Foodcloud.com will also have a prominent spot.
Dates: October 22nd – October 25th, 2015
Address: Dhanchiri Camping Resort, NH-8, Delhi – Gurgaon Toll, Gurgaon 122002
Entry: INR 300
All set to get grubbed at The Grub Fest? To please the palates of thousands across the capital, The Grub Fest is back with its second edition.
This time, it is going to be bigger and better as on display are the food from some of the best players of the industry like Punjab Grill, Zambar, Olive Bistro, SodaBottleOpenerWala, Social, Indigo, Indigo Deli, Royal China, Fio, Townhall, Smokeys, À Ta Maison, PCO, Urban Pind, Dao Dimcha, Koyla Kebab, Holy Smoke, B Bar, The Backyard, Zizo and Zerzura amongst others.
Pamper yourself at the special luxury zone by The Leela, Gurgaon which offers a super fine dining experience wherein international chefs like Ramon Salto, Pablo Moralis, Neeraj and Leivy Liz Levitan Hermandez are orchestrating a unique Japanese and Italian cuisines restaurant.
The Grub Market vouches to hold your special attention if you have an interest in organic food as it will be exhibiting fresh and organically produced vegetables to salads homemade jams, namkeen, wine ice-creams, waffles, cupcakes, honey, aam papad, gluten free cakes and biscuits, and much more.
Other attractions at the festival include mixology sessions, food tastings contests and cooking workshops by chefs mastering in Arabic, Iranian, Naga, Coastal, Kashmiri and Bengali cuisines.
Dates: October 23rd – October 25th, 2015
Address: Ambience Lawns, Gurgaon
Entry: INR 100 – INR 200
ASIAN HAWKERS MARKET
Take an amazing culinary journey from Tokyo to Bali via Sichuan and Yangon without stepping out of Delhi as Asian Hawkers Market celebrates Asian cuisine from the Far East and South-East Asia. The food connoisseurs hold a chance to enjoy the hawker experience which is the backbone of the Asian food tradition, with gourmet touches to make it special.
18-leading restaurants including Neung Roi, Royal China, Mamagoto, Guppy by ai, Pan Asian, Jade, Dimsumbros, Asia 7, En, Sampan, Yum Yum Cha, Chi Ni, The Fatty Bao, Wow Momo, Asian Haus, Social, The Pho Kart and Chi: The Asian Cookhouse have confirmed their presence and it is expected that 10 more such restaurants will give a nod.
Apart from delicious food and over four music acts playing every evening, bring out the Bruce Lee in you with a special martial arts game. From Hoolas, to Chopsticks to Arm Wrestling and even Dance Offs, there will be never a dull moment for the three days.
Dates: October 23rd – October 25th, 2015
Address: Select Citywalk, Saket