There is no happier festival than one solely dedicated to food and drink, right? Here are some fantastic and delectable food and wine festivals that India plays host to, throughout the year.
1. Bombay Local
When: May 14, 2015 (Already taken place this year)
Where: Khar Gymkhana
Small Fry Co., the food curating company led by Insia Lacewalla and Paresh Chhabria, can be credited with assimilating food into the Indian pop culture scene in a ‘cool’ manner. Having organised One-of-a-kind food pop-up events around the city, involving home and gourmet chefs alike, Bombay Local is their premier homegrown food festival, involving several small and big names from Mumbai’s food industry. With over 60 food stalls – restaurants, caterers, home cooks, pastry chefs, culinary artists and artisans, you name it – coupled with other amazing elements to heighten the experience such as the “Lifestyle Bazaar”, a cultural mini-market encompassing fashion, art and a collaboration of the city’s culture, people were left spoilt for choice at The Bombay Local.
Even though this year’s edition has already taken place, we can’t wait to see what Bombay Local has in store for us next year!
2. Ye Dil Mange Momos
When: October 4
Where: New Moti Bagh Club, Chanakyapuri
For the first time in the country, Delhi will be host to a festival celebrating everything momo. It attempts to “create Momo Heaven by bringing the best from all over Delhi on one platform. Along with some vibrant entertainment, it’s a celebration and a tribute to our favourite roadside snack like you’ve never seen before!! Chocolate, Vodka, Tandoori, Afghani, Wheat, Butter and a lot more!! You gotta try ‘em all!” Make sure you go grab platefuls of amazing momos at this momo extravaganza!
3. Bandra wine festival
When: Nov 7 to 8
Where: D’ Monte Park Recreation Centre, Perry Road, Bandra, Mumbai
This year would mark the 6th edition of the Bandra Wine Festival, that serves us a great range of Indian and International wines to test your palate. Held in the cutesy suburb of bandra, this wine festival a perfect day out for wine and food enthusiasts from the city of Mumbai.
(Image Courtesy: Bandra Wine Festival/Facebook)
4. Foodistan & ToddyFest (10 Heads festival)
When: October 22 to 25
Where: Dhanchiri Camping Resort, Gurgaon
As part of the larger, 10 Heads Festival which includes 10 festivals in one arena, Foodistan and Toddyfest seem to be the most interesting of the lot. This debut effort will feature food curated by Chef Saby, while giving a platform to awesome “gastronomical institutions from India and abroad” while Toddyfest will be solely dedicated to getting you nice and drunk. Yup, you can expect all the best cocktails, wines, brews and some mean mixology. This festival is something you need to look out for
Where: High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, Mumbai
6. National Street Food Festival
When: December 11 to 13
Where: Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Delhi
Hosted by NASVI, this festival delves into the delicious intricacies of indian street food from all across the nation. Be it Rajasthani ‘chatpata’ kachoris, Tamilian dosas and chutney, Bombay Chaat and even Momos, the festival plays an important role in displaying the diversity of our country through food.
7. New Delhi Palate Festival
When: November 28 to 30
Where: Nehru Park, Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
New Delhi’s Palate Fest is another of the city’s best food and beverage events, with a number of amazing and popular restaurants setting up stalls to dole out their delicious cuisines. Apart from which comes tons of other food related activities like cookery classes and workshops. This fest is open to all, with no entry charge, so do drop buy for some splendid food and good company!
8. The Grub Fest
When: October 23 to 25
Where: Ambience Mall Lawns, Ambience Mall, DLF Phase 3, Sector 24, Gurgaon
New Delhi’s very own food festival is here to back for another delicious ‘feast’-ival. Structured around global food festivals, The Grub Fest started as a brainchild of passionate foodies who wanted to showcase the very best of India’s food flavours by means of a festival.
When: February 6 to 7, 2016
Where: Sula Vineyards, Nasik, Maharashtra
Come february, India’s favourite gourmet music festival will be back. Sulafest is an event that warrants weekend off from by taking a little joyride to Nashik – for good music, good wine in the company of your favourite people. Last year the festival really upped its ante as it saw nearly 10,000 festival-goers at the Sula amphitheatre. Apart from the music, the fun activities unique to the festival like wine tasting and grape stomping have been its USP. Even though over the years, the festival has become more about the music, it does not take away from the great wine tasting activities and vineyard tours you can take part in. If you consider yourself a connoisseur of good wine, SulaFest is a pitstop you just have to make.