The ongoing three-day Palate Fest Mini at the Leisure Valley in Sector 10, Chandigarh, brings to you rich menus from the fancy outlets of the city as well as other big cities like Delhi and Bombay. The participating brands include The Taj, The Lalit, Mountview, Boheme, Giani and Barista, among others.
Amid a beautiful ambience, these outlets have put up their pop-up restaurants in tents and are serving customers in an open space with good music in the lush green park. Among all other stalls, the Hindustan Times has put up a special kids’ lounge to facilitate grown-ups as they can leave their kids here under staff supervision and enjoy their evening. The kids too were seen having a good time as they enjoyed colouring and drawing with free kits.
Myra (9) along with Chiranjeev (11) seemed to have a good time at the stall. “I love colouring my favourite cartoons and enjoy myself here,” says Myra.
For music lovers, the fest also provides live band performances. On Saturday, a local band called Aayat performed and entertained guests. Members of the band, Goldie Naaz (drummer), Jonny (percussionist), Stanley (singer), Herbert Vincent (keyboard player), Gagan aka Gag Studios (guitarist) and Aman (vocalist) left the visitors swaying with rhythm.
Although the fest is aimed at giving an experience of authentic food and music to locals, it did not quite live up to the expectations of some. Renu Walia from Sector 34 who had come with her neighbour and friend Jayshree, said, “My friend here was hesitant to come but I insisted and we came. However, we didn’t find anything exclusive here that we had not seen before. It’s the same when we go to these outlets otherwise.”
Meanwhile, Sahil and Shiba from Sector 48 savoured their non-vegetarian penne from one of the outlets and liked the overall setup and arrangement of the festival.
Hence, visit the festival and decide for yourselves because as they say, ‘Don’t judge till you are in those shoes’. The festival concludes today (March 6).