The Taste Festival Travels To Mumbai
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!