Delhi has always been famous for its larger than life culture and over the top celebrations. Be it religion, festivals or weddings, the celebration keeps getting bigger and bigger. How could food, which is a religion in itself, be spared in this grand city. Delhities, live to eat and with the surge of restaurants it is a testimonial to the fact, that we know and love our food.
Food festivals which started with the Palate Fest in November last year at Nehru Park, changed the way we look, admire and eat our food. Once the gates opened and the festival started, even the organizers were pleasantly surprised at the surge of people who descended upon the venue to taste, eat, binge on their favourite foods or just celebrate the Delhi winters. After stupendous success of the Palate Fest, Delhi realized that this was a celebration waiting to be cashed upon with so many perennial hungry souls in our city. The surge of festivals we saw this winter was no joke. Gastro Bazaars, Chef based classes, Food quizzes and the Palate back in a miniature format called the Palate Mini.
The latest to join the Food Fest bandwagon is The Grub Fest being held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The brainchild of young entrepreneurs Aman Kumar, Arjun Jain, Chaitanya Mathur & Mani Singh Cheema, who I have never met personally but was told are passionate foodies and want to showcase the very best of Delhi’s food scene through the festival. The best indeed have arrived here and with restaurants like FIO, Shiv Sagar, Smokeys, Royal China, Town Hall, Fat Lulu’s, Khan Chacha, Amici, Dao, En – The Japanese Restaurant, Zizo and many more the lawns of the iconic stadium have transformed into a claudron of gastronomic delights for three days.
My favourite food group The Delhi foodie club, TDfc, as we fondly call it did a first day visit and the rainy evening coupled with fresh cool breeze, gave us another reason to binge on some heavy food and our favourite meats. More than ten of us continued our group’s tradition of a Friday binge and landed at En-Japanese restaurant’s booth to start and what a start it was. Sushi, California Rolls, Meat Balls on Skewers and Pork Belly prepared us for the amazing food we were going to sample. From Ghaas Phoos (a Hindi term for Vegetarian food meaning Grass and plants) to NYC Pie, whose Pizzas were again gone in 60 seconds we finally landed up for some meaty delights at Smokeys. From Big Daddy to Super Boy we were spoilt for choices with Hotdogs and Burgers, though we were nice guys throughout the walk and always ordered Vegetarian Grub for our lone Veg-food walker, consequently exploring some good vegetarian options on the way. The star of the evening for me was the Big Daddy Hot Dog and I devoured more than one of those Daddies. Details of course will post soon but right now I am just relishing the after taste and the hangover from #TheGrubFest #TDfc Food Walk.
So if you have not yet attended any of the food festivals dominating the Delhi food scene, you still have 2 more days to make it to the Grub Fest. I really have a craving to visit it again and try out the amazing restaurants I have missed. Be ready to walk a lot, eat a lot and then eat some more … on at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from 11.00 to 10.30 in the night.