Hundreds of food lovers thronged Leisure Valley Park in Sector 29 to spend the warm Sunday afternoon at Hindustan Times The Gourmet High Street.
The three-day food festival had something for everyone — food trucks loaded with quick and sumptuous dishes fighting for ‘war of the trucks’, a variety of stalls offering fresh produce and gourmet products and even a ‘budding chef’s kitchen’ for the young ones eager to learn how to cook.
“I attended all three days of the festival simply for the joy of food. I love to try different kinds of dishes and understand cooking techniques. The Gourmet High Street has stood on every level,” said Shreya Gera, a resident of South City phase 1 in New Gurgaon.
Visitors made a beeline for the barbeque zone where chefs cooked mouth-watering dishes in huge grillers and ovens.
Right next to the barbeques was a big fancy gate welcoming people to the wine tasting section. Tall shelves stacked with glasses, different types of wine, wooden barrels made the section the most sought-after. People sipped on wine as a live band and violin performances made for a warm ambience.
“It felt great to be there. Everything was well planned and I especially liked the wine tasting section and barbeque stalls. The finger food was a must-try,” Madhav Sharma, a resident of Delhi, said.
Several other features such as cooking workshops and food trucks caught the interest of visitors. Several others walked to the marketplace to different stalls to taste and buy items.
One could pick fresh and organically produced vegetables, salads, homemade jams, sausages, cupcakes, honey, gluten-free cakes and biscuits at the gourmet marketplace.
Chocolates and bakery food vendors were an instant hit among visitors. Delicious cupcakes, instant ice creams and an array of new and interesting flavours of chocolates, including paan and sea salt, were among the top choices.
“I live in London and was visiting my relatives in Gurgaon. We all came to the festival on Sunday and I regret not coming earlier. I am amazed by the different flavours of chocolates at one of the stalls here,” Gurpreet Singh Kapoor, a resident of London, said.
A number of celebrity guest chefs and international connoisseurs enthralled food enthusiasts. People were excited to see their favourite chefs reveal some behind-the-scenes cooking techniques. The chefs also enjoyed the moment of happy yet curious faces patiently noting every step they took.
“It’s a great experience to be a part of The Gourmet High Street festival as the enthusiasm of the participants is so enriching. Sharing our knowledge with them makes us feel proud as they are such quick learners and super listeners,” Chef Amrita Rai Chand said.
The three-day food festival aimed to give residents a glimpse into the world of ‘secret recipes’ from master chefs like Sanjeev Kapoor, Manish Mehrotra, Gaggan Anand, Sarah Todd and Sarans.