Paranthas, ice creams, kebabs and more – yep, it is a feast and it is happening right here at Dilli Haat, Pitampura. The second edition of The Great Indian Food Festival is back at the venue with over 75 food stalls that will offer delectable options belonging to the various states of the nation.
“There will be foods of all kinds from over 12 states – from paranthas to kebabs, halwas to ice creams, butter chicken to chaat. We started the food festival last year as we wanted to bring something new to our Dilli Haat, and Dilli waale foodies toh hain hi. So what better than food?” says Rakesh Juneja, chief manager of Dilli Haat, Pitampura.
The food will be prepared solely by the vendors of Dilli – 06. Juneja explains that the idea is to promote their business. “This is a good platform for them to build a bigger base and promote their culinary skills. After the previous year’s edition, several of them were approached by people for catering to weddings, parties and other occasions,” he adds.
Apart from food stalls, the festival will also include fun activities such as live cookery shows, Sufi night, cultural performances by school kids, golgappa-eating, food photography, etc.
“People look forward to these events with great enthusiasm. We’re hoping to organise more of these in the near future as they Delhiites really enjoy them,” says Sudhir Sobti, chief manager (PR and publicity), Delhi Tourism.
Sagar Gupta, one of the organisers, adds, “The footfall on an average day is 1,000 but it was over 14,000 last year. This year, we’re expecting it to shoot up to 40,000.”
“We had gone to the festival last year and we’ll go again. The competitions are the best part! One gets to eat and have fun,” says Shreya Vaid, a Rohini resident.
Catch It Live
What: Great Indian Food Festival
Where: Dilli Haat, Pitam Pura, Near TV Tower
When: November 5 and 6
Timings: 12pm to 10pm
Nearest metro Station: Netaji Subhash Place on Red Line