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5 Food Festivals To Kickstart 2018

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5 Food Festivals To Kickstart 2018

Why you should step out and binge in the new year

India’s many states may be separated by borders, but the country is united through its love for food. Indigenous ingredients, and unique preparation styles and serving techniques are spread from coast to coast, and peak to beach, bringing together the multitude in a collective gasp of foodgasm!

Get your plates and forks ready. Here are 5 of the most interesting food festivals coming up in 2018 across India:

1. Hungry Bird Food Festival ‘N’ Kids Carnival, Ahmedabad

Go west into vibrant Gujarat and debunk your ideas of vegetarian food not being on par with meat dishes at this relative newbie in the country’s food festival calendar.

Expect to savour traditional Gujarati dishes such as khaman, dhokla and undhiyo, along with performances by rural artists and a host of shopping and entertainment options for the kids.

Dates: January 5 to 7

More details here

2. National Street Food Festival, Delhi

With an astounding variety of food served from every nook and cranny, it’s somehow apt that Delhi hosts this massive street food festival every year.

Around 500 best street food vendors from across India are expected to cater to all tastebuds present at JLN Stadium, while live music performances and a range of entertaining programs will ensure that you enjoy Delhi’s winter evenings in an open space, weeks before the stifling heat takes over.

Dates: January 14 to 16

More details here

3. Vegan Potluck, Chennai

This day-long event is mostly a private evening spent with fellow vegans at Chennai’s posh Poes Garden locality. Bring along your own vegan creation and share it with other enthusiasts from around the world and make friends.

Since it’s a closed-door event, registration is highly recommended.

Date: January 20

More details here

4. Versova Koli Seafood Festival, Mumbai

Apart from being the city’s original inhabitants, the Koli community catch and supply fresh seafood across Mumbai households.

Begin your year by digging into lip-smacking crab and prawn grills, pomfret curries, Bombay duck fry, fried mackerel and several other authentic delicacies prepared live at the tiny fishing village of Versova.

Expect to see Koli men and women decked in traditional attire and even performing a few acts on stage. There’s beer on sale as well!

Dates: January 26 to 28

More details here

5. National Banana Festival, Thiruvananthapuram

Go bananas at this week-long festival dedicated to the simple fruit. Being a prime producer of bananas in the world, India needs such events that highlight and bring together farmers and consumers.

Expect to see a range of banana-based dishes native to Kerala, along with traditional cuisine at the food court. Also on offer are shopping and networking opportunities for those who take their plantains very seriously.

Dates: February 17 to 21

More details here

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Mineli Goswami is a 24-year-old Assamese-East Indian, which usually translates into pretty good weekend feasts. When she’s not at her desk struggling with poetry – more often than she’d like – she’s seen wasting time on an assortment of things such as lugging an antique SLR, breaking nails climbing boulders, and chasing turtles. She’s graduated in history and has an unofficial PhD in Bandra-style jiving.

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