Over 42 of Delhi’s best eateries come together at gastronomic carvival, which will soon travel to other cities across country
HOW about having food under a warm winter sun in an open park? And not just any food, but the best that a city’s restaurants, hotels and cafeterias have to offer. That’s what Palate Fest 2014 is doing in the capital this weekend. For those elsewhere in the country warming up to the idea, the fest plans to travel to other cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai soon.
What makes the festival a fun destination is the ambiance. Guests are welcomed by the sound of live music and the fragrance of spices in the air.
What awaits them is a circus of culinary delights from countries such as Mexico, Turkey, Lebanon, Italy and Japan, among others. In all, 42 of the city’s best eateries have come together to offer a one-stop gastronomic experience to food enthusiasts and general visitors alike, say co founders and festival directors Aditi Kapoor and Ruchi Sibal.
The round-up includes an eclectic mix of some of the city’s best restaurants as well as stables from emerging brands like Hungry Monkey, Town Hall, Kylin, The Hiatus, The Great Kebab Factory, Drool’s Waffle (which debuts at the festival) and Sakae Sushi. Luxury hotel chains such as the Oberoi, Taj and the Leela are also there to cook up a storm.
This is apart from the 22-plus stalls showcasing gourmet products and ingredients along with a kids’ zone complete with bubbles, magicians and clowns.
The New Delhi Municipal Council opened the gates of Nehru Park for the three-day culinary spectacle on Friday morning. “The council has always been very encouraging of various cultural events. Everyone out there is as delighted to be able to hold a food festival in the park as us,” says Sibal.
As per MP Meenakshi Lekhi, one of the promoters of the festival, “Delhi, as the national capital, has been a melting pot for the country’s cuisines and cultures. This festival is a great way of bringing out our diversity with even greater grandeur along with other international cuisines.”