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Delhi food festival kicks off

india Updated: Jan 24, 2012 13:02 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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Gear up to indulge in some gastronomic delights in the city as the third edition of Street Food Festival kicks off today amid much fanfare. The two-day festival will provide the perfect platform to gorge on some of the best street food from across the country. Here, you can enjoy traditional and fusion delicacies, made under hygienic conditions, at cheap rates.



“The main concept of this festival is to show that if street vendors are regulated and are given proper places to run their business from, then they can give you delicious and hygienic food at very cheap rates,” says Arvind Singh, coordinator of National Association of Street Vendors of India, adding, “This festival will try to break the negative image of street vendors, who have been slowly fading away. It will also bring to fore the traditional cuisines that have been disappearing.”



Here, one can devour sumptuous veg and non-veg fare such as makki ki roti and sarson ka saag from Punjab, Hyderabadi biryani and litti chokha from Bihar. “This festival will ensure that Delhi gets a taste of street food from different states,” adds Singh.



The festival will also see participation from vendors from different parts of the city. “Hum logon ko bhi publicity milegi is tarah ki festival se and log samjhenge ki redi waalay aur khomchay waalon ka khana bahaut accha hota hai,” says Dalchund, a participant at the fest, who sells aloo tikki in the Acharya Niketan market in Mayur Vihar.



The 27 stalls at the festival will bear testimony to the fact that cheap doesn’t necessarily mean unhygienic or unhealthy. “Mehenge jagah jaa kar burger aur pizza kyun khaayein agar yeh sab hum saste daam mein de sakte hai?” says Tirath Singh, a street food vendor from Ludhiana, who sells burgers, pizzas and sandwiches.



Eat your heart out


What:

Street Food Festival


Where:

Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, Connaught Place


When:

November 18-20


Entry Fee:

Free


Time:

6pm to 10pm


Nearest Metro Station:

Patel Chowk on the Yellow Line



Some of the street food highlights


Delhi:

Fish pakora, parathas, aloo tikki, chaat, chai


Punjab:

Makki ki roti and sarson ka saag, Amritsari naan


Hyderabad:

Biryani


Uttar Pradesh

: Mutton korma and kebabs


Bihar:

Litti chokha


West Bengal:

Fish curry and rice


Kerala:

Fish curry, uttapam