Writer and gastronomy consultant Rushina Munshaw is setting up to tweak recipe’s of the English Welsh rarebit and German Bratwurst sausages to treat her friends.
The Powai resident loves experimenting in the kitchen, and this will be the first of her football parties where she will get a chance to feed her friends as they cheer their teams.
“I will prepare food themed on various participating countries during the month,” said Munshaw (34). “My uncle is in town and he is Kashmiri, so together we will also whip up specialities like Kagargah and Koftas that go well with beer.”
The FIFA World Cup is a month-long party for most fans, full of beer, fast food and staying up through the nights. But while some have special fiestas planned for the matches of their favourite teams, others have made it a point to celebrate the arrival of FIFA itself.
“It’s been four years since the last World Cup – that’s too long,” said Shaurya Reshamwala (26), who threw a small house party for 15 close friends to bring in the first match on Friday. Neither of his favourite teams, Spain and Netherlands, played the opening game, but the group was thrilled to watch football again, with beer, pizzas and racklettes (an exotic French dish) made by Reshamwala’s wife Anvi.
“Anvi is not a soccer fan, but she loves throwing parties, and we will have more theme parties whenever Spain plays,” said Reshamwala.
FIFA theme parties are usually about sporting team jerseys, painting faces in team colours and waving team flags.
Netherlands supporter Anshuman Sarda (21) is planning to have all this and more at his home parties. “I have an X-Box, so we will be playing FIFA video games in the 15-minute break and the moment the game is over,” said the Marine Drive resident.
Not all parties are private home affairs — many are ready to book larger venues to enjoy matches at a grander scale. Ankit Khandelwal, a sports event manager and editor of a football blog, is preparing for a full season after the Champions League last year. “I’ve already received a few inquiries for parties, and a few days into the games, I am expecting the calls to pour in,” said the 20-year-old, who has tied up with Juhu pub Fusion Wong to organise parties for clients.