Dive into the heart of the country’s food culture where the vibrant food scene comes alive through delectable experiences at its diverse food festivals. Each corner beckons with culinary treasures waiting to be savoured. These festivals not only showcase the city’s gastronomic diversity but also serve as a celebration of its rich heritage. Join us as we explore the bustling city, savour the irresistible regional food, and indulge in the gourmet delights that make the country a haven for food lovers. Get ready for a flavorful journey through the culinary wonders of this dynamic metropolis.
Here Are The Must-Visit Food Festivals In India:
Oriental Duck Festival At Chowman – Delhi/NCR
One of the leading chain of restaurants in Chinese cuisine, Chowman is bringing its speciality- Oriental Duck Festival for the first time in Delhi NCR. The yearly curated quintessential monthly food festival widely renowned amongst the Chowman loyalists is witnessing its 12th edition in Kolkata this year. Embrace the winter chills with a plethora of enticing duck delicacies inspired from different parts of the world and cooked in traditional Asian style with a little bend and fusion, this month-long festival will bring in over 12 new dishes made with tender duck meat.
We tried Braised Duck in Exotic Veg, Kolkata Style Chilli Duck, Roasted Duck in Chilli Plum Sauce, Butter Chilli Garlic Duck Meat Noodles and Roasted Duck Fried Rice. All the dishes were cooked perfectly and tasted great.
The exciting menu of this food festival also consists of other delectable delicacies such as Duck Meat Soup with Oyster Mushroom, Duck Meat Bao, Crispy Fried Duck Triangles, Thai Style Aromatic Duck, Mongolian Chilli Duck, Roasted Mango Duck in Lemon Sauce, Cantonese Style Roasted Duck with Scallions, Roasted Duck in Bamboo Shoot and more.
Date: Till 12th January 2024
Time: 12 Noon-10:30 PM
Cost For Two: Rs 1500+ taxes/-
VietNom’s Winter Warmth Menu – Delhi/NCR
This Winter Season, VietNom invites you to try their exquisite Winter Warmth Menu. Step into a winter wonderland of Vietnamese culinary delights as the menu unveils warmth to chase away the chill. Immerse your taste buds with delicious Duck Pho in a rich broth and tender duck meat. Explore the Pulled Duck Lettuce Wraps, and indulge in the hearty satisfaction of Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms. For the ultimate winter feast, enjoy the Coconut Kaffir Lime Fried Rice, and don’t forget to treat yourself to the decadence of our Vietnamese Coffee Basque Cheesecake, a heavenly fusion of sweet and savoury notes.
At the VietNom bar, you can immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Winter Cocktails, from the soul-soothing VietNom Mulled Wine to Sake Bombs, The Lady in Red Cocktail, the Warm Rum Toddy, Monkey Gland as well as VietNog are the perfect Winter Warmth cocktails that offer an enticing array of flavours, promising to elevate your winter evenings. The cocktails start at INR 699 + taxes.
Mensho Tokyo’s Winter Ramen Bowls – Delhi
Mensho Tokyo invites you to escape the Cold Winter Season of Delhi and indulge in their all-new Winter Warming Ramen Bowls. The perfect hearty accompaniments for frosty winter days and nights, their newly launched Goma Negi Ramen contains thin noodles, umami miso tare, a drizzle of sesame oil, and fresh spring onions. In addition to this, the Ramen also contains a huge portion of toasted sesame seeds, giving it a nutty and wholesome flavour, and comes with an option of a light chicken, or a vegan broth.
Saborea México at Tamra, Shangri-La Eros, New Delhi
Embark on an epicurean expedition through the vibrant streets of Mexico with guest chef Tania Tovar from January 9th to January 14th, 2024. She will be presenting her signature dishes, including tantalising tacos, delectable choco flan, crispy tostadas, and flavourful quesadillas fritas. A specially curated selection of tequila-based cocktails will complement these delights, promising an exquisite pairing for every palate. The chef’s creations are poised to elevate Tamra’s offerings, providing an unparalleled and memorable dining experience. The lunch buffet is priced at INR 3,000 plus taxes, and the dinner buffet is priced at INR 3,200 plus taxes per person.
Lohri Special Platter – Cafe Delhi Heights, Delhi
Embrace the festive spirit of Lohri with Cafe Delhi Heights’ special Lohri platter, a culinary extravaganza curated to evoke the flavours of the season. Priced at an enticing 525 only, this exclusive offering is available from January 10th to 16th, 2019. The Lohri platter boasts a delightful assortment of traditional Punjabi delicacies, including the rustic and wholesome Makki Ki Roti paired with the piquant Sarson Ka Saag. The ensemble is complemented by the fiery kick of Green Chilli, the sweetness of Gud, and the richness of White Butter, creating a symphony of flavours on your palate. Revel in the crunch of Whole Peanuts and PopCorn, while the Gajak (Peanuts) adds a sweet and nutty touch to the feast. To conclude this gastronomic journey on a sweet note, indulge in the decadence of Gajar Ka Halwa.
Where: All Outlets
Savour the Spirit of Lohri at Moti Mahal Delux
In celebration of Lohri, Moti Mahal Delux, South Ex, is thrilled to introduce exciting additions to their culinary repertoire, promising a gastronomic experience like never before. Embrace the festivities with the rich flavours of Amritsari and Lahori cuisine, highlighted by the delectable Amritsari Fish and Lahori Jheenga-true delights for seafood enthusiasts. For those with a penchant for poultry, the Palak Chicken seamlessly blends the richness of spinach with tender chicken, while vegetarians can relish the classic Palak Paneer-a flavorful marriage of paneer and spinach.
Gulati Restaurant Embraces Lohri Spirit with Culinary Delights
Celebrate the joyous occasion of Lohri with an exquisite Punjabi special buffet hosted by Gulati from January 12th to 14th. Immerse yourself in the rich and authentic flavours of Punjab as you indulge in a culinary journey featuring an array of delectable dishes. Delight your taste buds with the fragrant and flavorful Aloo Methi, the hearty and wholesome Saag, and the crispy and spiced Aloo Amritsari. For those craving the essence of traditional Punjabi meat dishes, the Dhaba Meat and Malai Chicken are sure to leave a lasting impression. Treat your sweet tooth with the enticing Jalebi, Rabri, and special Rewri. Savour the comforting goodness of Kadhi Chawal, the spiced perfection of Cholle, and the iconic Butter Chicken that promises to be a highlight of the buffet.
Where: Pandara Market, New Delhi and Mega Mall, Gurgaon
Makar Sankranti – The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore
On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore is hosting a unique and exquisite dining experience at their Riwaz restaurant from January 10th to 19th, called “Harvest Harmony.” This extravagant thali experience celebrates the artistry of curated dining at its finest and is perfect for the upcoming Makar Sankranti festival.
Gin Explorers Club – Retroverse Edition
The Gin Explorers Club is all set to host what is being touted as the “World’s Largest Gin Festival” in Mumbai on the 20th and 21st of January 2024. The third edition of the Gin Explorers Club (GEC) in Mumbai, features the Retroverse Edition. Attendees can enjoy memorable gin cocktails, enthralling music acts, and enchanting vibes.
The festival will spotlight an incredible selection of International and Homegrown Gins, complemented by artists creating a disco vibe and pop-up food joints serving yummy treats. People can also take advantage of visiting a special botanical wonderland and experience the ultimate juniper-fueled exploration.
Along with the gin indulgence, enjoy complimentary tasting sessions, on-ground workshops, and entertainment featuring live acts and DJ sets starting at 4 pm each day by Carly Foxx, Tech Panda x Kenzani, OG Shez, Sickflip, and more.
What: Gin Explorers Club – Retroverse Edition
When: 20th & 21st January 2024; 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: Jio World Garden, BKC
Poshmaal: Kashmiri Pandit Food Festival At The Westin, Mumbai, Garden City
The Westin, Mumbai, Garden City is hosting a scrumptious celebration of Kashmiri Pandit Cuisine in the form of Poshmaal food festival. We had the opportunity to try many of the savoury and sweet delights curated by Chef Rahul Wali. Stay true to his roots, the chef has spotlighted authentic ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. The offerings include veg as well as non-veg treats, both of which are cooked without the addition or onion, garlic or tomato. Some of the must-try dishes we loved are kulhad wale rajma chawal, kokur yakhni, kokur pulao, rogan josh, buzith olav, mutton kanti, walnut halwa and phirni.
Where: Seasonal Tastes & Kangan, The Westin Mumbai Garden City.
When: 12th January to 21st January 2024; 7 pm to 11 pm
Cost: 2899++ Seasonal Tastes buffet dinner | 3000++ Set menu at Kangan
Novotel Mumbai International Airport’s ‘Pind Di Rasoi’- A Punjabi Food Festival
Novotel Mumbai International Airport is all set to host the latest episode of the Community Kitchen Project, “Pind Di Rasoi,” in association with ChefPin from 12th January to 14th January 2024 at their modern all-day dining outlet, Food Exchange Mumbai. Under the masterful guidance of renowned Chef Rummy Nagpal, this Punjabi Food Festival promises an authentic dive into the heart of North Indian cuisine. The “Pind Di Rasoi” festival promises a feast for the senses with an extensive menu featuring delights such as Dahi Kebab, Amritsari Fish Fry, Saag & Makki Di Roti, Mutton Boti Masala, and Gajrela. Live cooking stations will add an interactive dimension to the experience, allowing guests to witness the art of Punjabi cooking firsthand. The decor will mirror the vibrant ethos of Punjabi culture, enhancing the immersive experience. Alongside the sumptuous spread, guests can enjoy traditional beverages like Patiala Lassi, Gulab Ka Sharbat, and Thandai.
Awadhi Odyssey – JW Marriott, New Delhi
JW Marriott New Delhi invites you to indulge in the intricate flavours of the Awadh region with it’s Awadhi Food Festival. Prepared by celebrated Chef Abdul Haleem Savor Galouti kebabs, Gosht pulao, Murgh Zaffrani shorba, Paneer Khubani tikka, and many more Awadhi delicacies prepared with passion and perfection. Conclude the meal with a decadent serving of Sheermal and warm Kesar chai. The symphony of spices and aromas will tantalize the taste buds, creating an unforgettable feast for the senses.
Date: 12th January to 21st January
Location: K3: New Delhi’s Food Theatre, JW Marriott New Delhi, Aerocity
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm; Sunday Brunch: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Price: INR 3800 + taxes; Sunday Brunch: Starting from INR 3999 + taxes.
Lohri with Authentic North Indian Delights at Pritam Da Dhaba
This Lohri, Pritam Da Dhaba, will showcase the heartwarming flavours of the season. Their culinary team is gearing up to serve a delectable array of dishes, including the quintessential Sarson ka Saag and Makke di Roti, prepared with the utmost care and dedication to authenticity. Every dish is infused with the true essence of North Indian home-cooked meals. Their chefs meticulously craft each dish, allowing the flavours to develop slowly and authentically. Their menu features a range of traditional dishes that will transport you to the heart of North India.
WHAT – Lohri
WHEN – 13th January, 2024
WHERE – Pritam Da Dhaba | Juhu & Dadar
The Global Food Carnival at Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata
Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata, in collaboration with the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), is set to take patrons on a culinary journey with ‘The Global Food Carnival’ on the 13th and 14th of January 2024. On this special event, Kava, the all-day dining restaurant, and The Mangrove will transform into hubs of diverse flavours and cultures, orchestrated by the culinary maestros, led by Chef Arabinda Seth, Executive Chef at Fairfield By Marriott Kolkata. The talented students from IIHM Hotel Management College, under the guidance of Chef Sanjay Kak, Director of Culinary Arts at IIHM will join forces to create a unique and memorable dining experience. Food enthusiasts from the city are invited to indulge in a feast of flavours featuring a wide array of signature specialities offering a diverse array of Indian and global food from different countries
Venue: Kava & Mangrove at Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata
Date:13th January – Dinner: 7:00 pm onwards
14th January – Sunday Brunch: 12.30 pm onwards, Dinner: 7:00 pm onwards
Price: INR 1499 AI (Non-Alcoholic Buffet) INR 2499 AI (Alcoholic Buffet with Unlimited Beverage)
Veganuary at The Hard Rock Cafe – Kolkata
Hard Rock Cafe Kolkata is proudly supporting Veganuary for the first time, this January, to offer a vegan menu as well as exclusive Rock Shop merchandise. The menu launches January 1st at all participating Hard Rock Cafe locations worldwide, including Hard Rock Cafe Kolkata. Inspired by the Hard Rock Cafe brand motto, “Save The Planet”.”The Hard Rock Cafe x Veganuary Menu” features unique vegan dishes with a signature twist – Quinoa Mexican Salad and beverages such as Health Kick, Veg Pledge, Apple Cobbler on the Rocks, Pineapple Mojito and Virgin Pineapple Mojito. This special menu also offers other meat-free dishes that can be easily veganized too, such as our delicious Cauliflower Wings, Barbeque Mushroom Burger, Mushroom Primavera Pasta and Hot Fudge Banana Bread for dessert lovers.
Source website: food.ndtv.com