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Visit Mumbai from 22nd to 24th March, 2013, armed with fork and knife, and get ready to pack in a few extra pounds! By Kiran Mehta


The Taste Festival is an international food and drink festival which has stirred up quite a culinary storm across the globe in locations such as London, Amsterdam, Milan, Melbourne, Cape Town, Dubai etc. This March, the food festival comes to India, for the first time ever. With this high-end festival, Mumbai has finally been pinned on the world map as a delicious destination. As a true Mumbaikar and a food writer, this feeds my need to throw in a variety of food metaphors! So here’s a taster of what you can expect at the launch of Taste of Mumbai…

Where Is The Food Festival Being Held?

From the 22nd to the 24th of March, Marine Drive will be the focal point for food enthusiasts and experts alike. On the Grant Medical College Grounds, and Wilson Gymkhana, well-known desi and international chefs will serve up their signature dishes and hold master classes. There will also be cooking classes for kids, demos of the latest food products, stalls set up by farmers selling fresh produce, an open bar, live music and lots more. All you need to attend the Taste Festival are taste-buds and a ticket, starting at Rs. 600.

What Can You Expect At The Food Festival?

Food From Some Of The Best Restaurants Across The World

The highlight of the event is a sort of taste-a-thon, where the world is literally brought to you on a platter. Here you can sample dishes from top restaurants such as Arola, the fine dining restaurant and lounge at The J W Marriott, where twice Michelin Starred chef Sergi Arola cooks up some creative Spanish fare;  China House at the Grand Hyatt; Prego at The Westin Hotel, where Chef Ajay Chopra whips up Italian delicacies; Ellipsis which introduced us to a whole new type of cuisine, and promises more culinary adventures at the fest; Kofuku, the Japanese restaurant that serves some sumptuous sushi; Olive Bar and Kitchen which has earned landmark status in Mumbai; Koh by Ian Kittichai which specialises in Thai cuisine; Caperberry, Bangalore which won the ‘Best standalone restaurant in India’ at the Time Out Food Awards 2011, among other well-known names. And for those craving more, the flavours spread well beyond India’s border. Because at the fest you can also get a taste of restaurants such as The Cinnamon Club, London, where Chef Vivek Singh blends the flavours of India with the west; and Graffiti, New York, where Asian and French flavours merge.

Karen Anand, one of the organisers of Taste of Mumbai explains, “The main aim of the festival was to introduce people to a host of different restaurants in India and abroad. We’ve brought together the most upscale restaurants and hotels, from across the globe, and we will be dishing out their signature dishes, under one roof.” So, for the price of a ticket you can savour the flavours of the world in a relaxed open-air setting, right by the beach, with live music in the background.

A Master Class

Other highlights include the Master Classes where master chefs will share their trade secrets, and whip up some delectable dishes.

A Kids’ Cook-up

Families with little ones can look forward to a kids’ cook-up, a complimentary culinary class, where little chefs will learn to make simple yet yummy treats under the guidance of the Chef Jehangir Mehta of Graffitti, New York.

A VIP Area

The VIP area, (tickets priced little over Rs. 2000), is where chefs with celeb status such as Ritu Dalmia, Vicky Ratnani, Manu Chandra, Viraf Patel and many others will be available for informal chats, over complimentary snacks. But when you’re all talked out, within this area, there’s also a bar with some potent concoctions on offer. And included in the cost of your VIP ticket is a swig of Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Overall the event promises three entire days of fun with food!

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Kiran Mehta calls Mumbai home, but is never far from her next trip. As a travel writer her job involves zipping across the globe, but she insists it’s hard work. From over-the-top luxury trips to travelling on no-frills airlines with her own bag of peanuts, she has experienced it all. She has checked into ashrams, lived with strangers in Europe, worked in the Middle East, tried her hand at extreme sports in Australia etc., all in an effort to bring you back a story or two. Currently she contributes to a host of publications within the Times of India Group, Worldwide Media Pvt. Ltd., Hindustan Times, Spenta Multimedia, Newsquest (UK) etc., where she recounts her globe-trotting adventures.

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  1. ashwani
    February 17, 15:32 ashwani

    can the taste food festival be held in western suburbs ,,,some place like in J W Marriott or even Grand Hyatt. Also will there be a repeat of this festival in March too when the kids are free from exams too

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  2. Rashmi Deshpande
    February 18, 10:40 Rashmi Deshpande

    It’s an international festival which is organised months in advance, so it won’t be held again this year. Next year it’ll be held in another country…

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