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Street food fests to be regular feature in city

Most of Delhi may soon be out on the streets. This time, not to protest a policy measure or as a show of solidarity for a social cause but to partake of the delectable range of street food the city has to offer.

delhi Updated: Oct 25, 2010 00:22 IST
Sidhartha Roy

Most of Delhi may soon be out on the streets. This time, not to protest a policy measure or as a show of solidarity for a social cause but to partake of the delectable range of street food the city has to offer.

Impressed by the number of footfalls at the Food Bazaar, which was part of its Incredible India festival during the Commonwealth Games, the DTTDC is now going to make street food festivals a permanent feature in the Capital.

“The response to the food festival was very good and we are planning to hold street food festivals in different parts of the city each weekend,” said Rina Ray, managing director, DTTDC.

Ray said unlike other international cities like Singapore, that are famous for their street food corners, Delhi does not have too many of them. The street food festivals will become an added attraction for tourists coming to Delhi.

“Work is on to kickstart the food festivals, that will begin in a phased manner,” said a senior DTTDC official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media. “The festivals will be first held in the Dilli Haat near INA and Pitampura and in some other areas too.”

He added, “The only place where you can find good, ethnic, street food is the Walled City. But we want street food to be available to Delhiities and tourists at other parts of the city, that are more accessible.”

During the Games, DTTDC had organised the Incredible India festival on a one km stretch at Baba Kharak Singh Marg.

A Food Bazaar with a range of ethnic cuisine was also part of the celebrations. Starting at mid-day, the festival went on till midnight during the 12-day sporting event.