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Delhi: SAAG presents Food for Thought Fest 2015

Food for Thought Fest 2015

The Food for Thought festival will celebrate the authentic dishes of SAARC nations.

The Food for Thought Fest

For those who crave a region-specific culinary feast, the India Habitat Centre is the place to be, because that’s where the inaugural edition of the ‘Food for Thought Fest 2015’ is going to be held.

Organised by the South Asian Association for Gastronomy (SAAG), the festival will celebrate authentic dishes of SAARC nations (‘Food Fest’) as well as hold discussions on relevant issues (‘Thought Fest’).

Advaita Kala, founder of SAAG, says, “We are delighted to launch this inaugural Food for Thought Fest, as it will bring out the best of the cuisines from different countries of South Asia. We hope the people of Delhi would come forward with great enthusiasm to participate in this delectably enriching experience.”

Some of the dishes which will be served are ‘Gundruk ko jhol’, a kind of Nepali curry, ‘Shamu datshi’, a Bhutanese mushroom and cheese dish, and ‘Kunna gosht’ from Pakistan.

Other than the Food Fest, which will be held at The Hub, the South Asia Culinary Showcase will also include cookery workshops.

The Thought Fest, which will take place at the Rudraksha, Amaltas and Kadamba at the Stein Auditorium, will include talks, interviews and panel discussions by speakers like Shashi Tharoor, Bishen Singh Bedi and Sudhir Mishra.

In the evenings, The South Asia Cultural Showcase will be held at the Plaza Steps and will include performances by artistes from the SAARC region.

With inputs from Srijani Ganguly

The Grub Fest

In April this year, entrepreneurs Aman Kumar, Arjun Jain, Chaitanya Mathur and Mani Singh Cheema had organised The Grub Fest for foodies in the Capital. Around one lakh visitors helped themselves to cuisines ranging from Lebanese, Chinese and Indian to Italian and Mexican at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Within a few months of the successful food enterprise, The Grub Fest is back – this time in Gurgaon – with more participating restaurants and dishes.

Adding to the names of eateries like Royal China, Fio, Townhall, Smokeys and Zizo, restaurants and bars such as B Bar, Social, Indigo, Indigo Deli and The Backyard will also participate in the October edition of the fest.

The highlights of this edition would be Grub Explore, where cuisines from different parts of India will be on offer; and, the Entertainment section where artistes like Parikrama, Astitva, Nikhil Chinapa and others will perform. It will also feature some pop-ups and a multi-storied travelling restaurant.

With inputs from Srijani Ganguly


Restaurants and bars across the Capital have been offering deals due to the Oktoberfest (an annual celebration of beer held in Munich, Germany) since last month.

The Beer Cafe, for instance, is offering a collection of authentic German beer along with a special food dedicated to the Bavarian region till October 31.

Hard Rock Caf is taking the theme a step further and adding rock n’ roll into the mix.

Till November 8, the Gurgaon and Saket outlets of the brand will serve cold German beer.

In addition, rock anthems from various genres within rock would be on the playlist.

At Amour Bistro, you can enjoy brews like Weihenstephaner, Hefeweissbier, Erdinger Weissbier, Mnchner Hell, Paulaner Original and Paulaner Hefe Weissbier.

Also on offer would be a variety of German dishes – hotdogs, mashed potatoes and pork ribs with German beer at the Quote Bar and Lounge. You can avail these at the two places till October 15.

With inputs from Srijani Ganguly

Asian Hawkers Mkt

Exclusively crafted for Asian cuisine, from the Far East and South-East Asia, Asian Hawkers Market is all set to make its debut in the Capital. As many as 18 leading restaurants from Delhi-NCR and one solo operator have signed for the festival.

The participating restaurants include the multiaward-winning Neung Roi (Radisson Blu Plaza, NH8), Royal China, Mamagoto, Guppy by ai and Pan Asian (Sheraton New Delhi) as well as the ever-popular Jade (The Claridges), dimsumbros, Asia 7 and En, the reinvented Sampan. Newbies like Yum Yum Cha (the offshoot of the trend-setting Yum Yum Tree), Chi Ni (Dusit Devarana), The Fatty Bao, Wow Momo and Chi: The Asian Cookhouse would also participate.

Also on the Asian Hawker Markets crowded platter is the successful home-delivery service Asian Haus; followed by Hauz Khas Social and start-up entrepreneur Aftab Sidhus The Pho Kart, which will dish out finger food from Vietnam.

These Five-star and standalone restaurants will come together at one location to present cuisines of China, Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. The portions will be small, so that visitors can sample different cuisines without feeling uncomfortably full, and the prices will range from Rs 100 to Rs 500.

With inputs from Adila Matra

Palate Fest

Just like the last season, Palate Fest hopes to turn nine acres of Nehru Park into a foodies paradise, with more than 50 restaurants putting up their booths in the sprawling park.

This time around, there will also be a Market Square, including over 30 stalls promoting Indian and International gourmet products and ingredients. Live music will add to the magic. Cooking sessions with renowned chefs are also on the menu.

Palate Fest promises to bring unique dishes from around the world along with a melange of Indias finest culinary names. Some of the participating restaurants include Baking Bad, Mistral, Wendys, Zizo, Jamie Olivers, Tikka Town, Amici, Kylin, Smokeys, Elmas Kitchen and The Great Kebab Factory among others. Keventers, Chaayos, The Sugar Story, Sinful Bites and House of Candy will also put up stalls.

With inputs from Adila Matra

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