The Grub Fest: A Feast for Your Senses

 

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The great, grand grub fest 2.0, held in Ambience Lawns, Guragon finally came to an end. The Grub Fest is supposedly India’s biggest food festival so far and this was the second season of the fest in Delhi/NCR organized from October 23-25, 2015. Last year the fest was organized at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and saw around a hundred thousand food buffs visiting the place only to satiate their palate. I couldn’t make it to the fest last year, however, this time I was absolutely determined to explore what it is like. I would like to mention here for my friends who missed it both the times is, not miss it next time.

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At the entrance, decorated with disposable silver bowls

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The fest turned out to be a feast for all your senses and not just a gratification for your belly. Each of the food stalls had an innovative way of presenting themselves; be it decoration, presentation of food and drinks, and the name of their stalls. Some of the things that drove my attention were the drinks kept in an ice-filled bath tub named ‘Thela Sharab’, Utensils hanging from the metal rods given a shape of a decorative tree, and many more.

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A tree like structure made of utensils
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Beer bottles hanging from the bicycle rims
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That’s a bath tub full of ice and pouched drinks

Most of these food stalls were of the biggest and popular restaurants, cafes and bars. However, I also encountered some of them which were not known to me. There were young girls and boys distributing the pamphlets promoting their stalls; looked extremely energetic and jovial.

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There was a center stage for the performers. There were singers, dancers, promotions going on that was keeping the audience engaged. The air was filled with mirth and laughter and people were dressed at their best. The spectators also enthusiastically participated with the performers. Some of the performers during the three days fest were Hari & Sukhmani, Nikhil Chinapa, Vir Das, Ranveer Brar, Khushi Soni.

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No more spectators; getting involved
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Bunch of enthusiastic lot

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However, there was food everywhere and I felt like trying all that I possibly could. The stalls at the entrance were mainly the organic stuff like real fruit juices, rice, oatmeal cookies, and kid’s area.

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Please your Palate

There was plenty of options right from Mughlai to Spanish, Street food to Oriental, Authentic Bengali to Kerala. To name a few, one of the fascination was ‘Jack Po!Tato’s’—an innovative and healthy way of presenting stuffed baked potatoes or jacket potatoes with variety of fillings like corn & tomato salsa, pindi chole, chicken tikka, lamb keema, and many more. This is considered to be UK’s #1 food that makes for healthy, wholesome, delicious grub.

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Fat Lulu’s Café & Bar was crowded for its yummiest range of thin crust Pizzas. My personal favourite is the Dragon Fires which was topped with Pimento chilies, jalapenos, onion, peri peri paste, roasted garlic and pineapple.

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The brand new restaurant FLYP at MTV, going to have its first branch in Connaught Place. The stall was extremely colorful and a Harley Davidson was strategically parked at the entrance to grab the eyeballs.

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Few of the authentic ones were the Bong Appetit for Bengali delicacies and Kerala Express for the love of southern delicacies.

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Then there were of course the most popular ones like Social Offline, Imperfecto, Fio, Smokeys and there were many. The all-time favorite beverage, chai (tea), for Indians saw overwhelming crowd at Chai Thela. For people with sweet tooth there were options like Dessert Stories.

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In the middle of these was The Grub Stories that stood tall and was certainly the center of attention. It was exciting to be on the roof top of The Grub Stories and watch people all around the lawns. The excitement was noticeable and the entire scene was vibrant.

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I enjoyed grabbing the memories at The Grub Fest, what about you?

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Anupriya Mishra is a writer, an independent blogger, a voracious reader and a freelance journalist. Truly in love with life, she wishes to celebrate each day by contributing to her blog. Her passions such as reading, writing, traveling, and photography have their unending space on the blog, which is a true reflection of her personality. She calls herself, “Wanderer by choice, Writer by passion.” To know more about her travel escapades, take a look at the “Travel & Living” section of the blog. Moreover, she conducts reviews of books, movies, hotels and restaurants. She also has a penchant for Fashion, Lifestyle, Events, Promotions, Books, Music, Features and Poems, all of which find space on the blog.


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