January 14, 2017

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream or wine or pizza or whatever makes you go yummy in your tummy, and these are the same things.

The reason why a lot of us actually get out of bed is good food. When this is coupled this our other favourite things like music and dance, all we can successfully blurt out is “Shut up and take my money!”. Creating a festival out of these guilty pleasures is what we believe is ‘man’s greatest and most profitable invention’.

Because the season ‘food’ is all year long, get your stretchy pants out and indulge in the various gastronomical experiences that 2017 has to offer. Keeping our fingers crossed for the revival of the ones that haven’t been announced so far!

1. Sula Fest

Where: Sula Vineyards, Nasik, Maharashtra

When: 3-5 February, 2017

Where the sun never sets.

Every year, the Sula vineyards in Nashik invites wine enthusiasts from around the world to be a part of their magical experience. Earlier a 2-day event, the organizers have decided to double the fun by extending it for another day. Other than wine and food, you get to witness some of the best musical performances in the 3-day extravaganza. Other fun activities unique to the festival include wine tasting  in a vintage rusty cellar, grape stomping, vineyard tours and foot massages. This time they will be celebrating a decade of what they call the ‘sulafest’. Appease the wine lover in you! To know more, click here.

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Picture Credits: Sula Vineyards

Before you head for a wine festival, know more about the different varieties of wines available.

2. Asian Hawkers Market

Where: Select City Walk, Delhi

When: 10-12 February, 2017

Welcoming foodies for the 4th time, the best Asian eateries from the city will be coming together again for a one-of-a-kind oriental food extravaganza. Spread over three days, this is your chance to get your hands on cuisines from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, featuring dishes like sushi, dim sums, curries, baos, khao suey and stir fries. If you’re looking for a reason to visit this pan-Asian fest even though it doesn’t really need one, it encompasses the most high end five stars to street stalls under the same roof. Find out more on their Facebook page.

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Picture Credits: Asian Hawkers Market

3. New Delhi Palate Festival

Where: New Delhi

When: 10-12 February, 2017

They are supposed to be the ushers of international level food and music festival in Delhi. This would be their 5th editions in the Capital and in the past have held one in Goa and one in Chandigarh! Apart from the promise of creating the perfect gastronomical paradise, they also have workshops and cookery classes lined up for all. And the cherry on top of the cake: entry is free! Watch this space for updates.

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Picture Credits: Palate Fest

4. National Street Food Festival

Where: Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Delhi

Gather around chatoras! Organized by the leading platform of street vendors, the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), The National Street Food Festival took place between 23-25 December last year. For NASVI, promoting street food and cementing the identity of street food vendors is closely linked with preserving and promoting the social and cultural diversity of India. Showcasing Delhi’s love for its street food specifically and how the rest of the country eats on their streets in general, you can hope to find stalls from all over the country. Pao Bhaji from Bombay, Poochka from Calcutta or Chatapata Kachoris from Jaipur – you just name it! Stay tuned for updates.

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Picture Credits: Street Food Festival- New Delhi

5. Bandra Wine Fest

Where: Bandra, Mumbai

Delight your senses like never before.

Calling Bandra Wine Festival just a booze fest would be an understatement. It hosted it’s 6th edition in November 2016. It not only offers a wide range of wines from all over the world, it boasts of interactive features such as a wine information session, a wine-tasting contest, an art show and a live performance. When instant gratification is called for, we cannot think of a better pair than cheese and wine, the ageless companions. Can’t wait for it? Find out more here.

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Picture Credits: Bandra Wine Festival

6. The Great Indian Food Festival

Where: Dilli Haat, Pitampura, Delhi

Standing true to its name, the Great Indian Food Festival offers delectable options belonging to the diverse states of the nation. It provides a platform to many famous vendors hailing from places like  Delhi, Amritsar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Gujrat and Rajasthan to display their culinary prowess. Apart from these mouth watering food stalls, the festival also includes fun activities like live cooking classes, Sufi night, and competitions such as  golgappa-eating and food photography. Are you ready to celebrate your love for good food? Let them know how much you miss them here.

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Picture Credits: The Great Indian Food Festival

 

7. The Grub Fest

Where: Delhi NCR, Mumbai

The Grub Fest has rightly been described as:

Take in the aromas, try out interesting cuisines, fill your baskets with unique gourmet products, indulge in mouth-watering desserts and learn some of the best-kept food secrets from the most talented chefs from the country.

More of a ‘feast’-ival, the Grub Fest was held in October last year. Showcasing the very best of India’s food flavours, it also includes fun performances, live music, and scrumptious food from some of the city’s top restaurants and brands. To make the event ‘grubbier’, it features cooking programs by some of the most talented chefs in the country in an intimate outdoor space. Find them here.

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Picture Credits: The Grub Fest

Food coma anyone?