Savour global flavours at HT Palate Fest in Mumbai
This weekend, head to the Mahalaxmi racecourse for a multi-cuisine festival right in the middle of horse-racing season.
In its first edition in the city, the two-day Hindustan Times Palate Fest — a much-looked-forward-to event in Delhi for years — features 40 food stalls from some of India’s finest restaurants, plus master classes by celebrity chefs, and live performances by local and international music acts.
Among the restaurant participating are Farzi Café, Pizza Express, Punjab Grill, Tamak and El Mercado, alongside brands from Delhi that don’t yet have a presence in Mumbai — like Fat Lulu’s and Patiala Tigers.
“HT Palate Fest offers access to exclusive brands that rarely pop up offline, like Parvatiya Preserves, which serves organic condiments, chutneys and preserves,” says Aditi Kapoor, co-founder and director of Palate Fest. “They’ve been a huge hit in Delhi and we hope they will be a hit with the Mumbai crowd as well.”
Visitors can also attend free classes by chefs Harpal Singh Sokhi, Ripu Daman Handa, Aditi Govitrikar and Nishant Chaubey. American rapper Bohemia and Indian rock band Euphoria are scheduled to perform.
“The Mumbai diner is more health-conscious and the variety of gluten-free, vegan, low-calorie meals available at restaurants here proves that people are also open to experimenting. This will be their chance to do both, outdoors, at an unusual venue,” says Ruchi Sibal, the festival’s other co-founder and director.
Chef Chaubey plans to hold a session on using culinary techniques to make comfort food look and taste like a gourmet meal. “This means learning to make khatti-meethi gobi and use sustainable ingredients,” he says. Chef Handa will offer lessons on using healthy foods with a twist, to create dishes like bajra risotto, “which is easy and quick”. He adds: “I want to use this session to share anecdotes about my own weight-loss journey too.”
A partial shutdown was observed in parts of Srinagar on Saturday on the call of separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on the death anniversaries of his father Molvi Mohammad Farooq and senior Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone. Another local said commercial activities were also suspended in Khanyar, Fatah Kadal, Habba Kadal and Bohri Kadal areas.
Himachal Pradesh government on Saturday reshuffled four Indian Police Services officers. A 2003-batch IPS officer, PD Prasad, has been posted as inspector general of southern range in superannuation of Himanshu Mishra. Rameshwar Singh Thakur, IG, state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau, has been posted as the IG CID (intelligence). HP principal secretary, health, Subashish Panda said allied health professionals play an important role and the state government would be soon implementing the same.
The head priest of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, Pandit Amir Chand, passed away at his residence in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district on Saturday morning, officials said. Pandit Chand belonged to the family of Pandit Shridhar, who believed to have discovered the three-peaked cave shrine in Trikuta Hills some 700 years ago. “The mortal remains of the priest were consigned to flames at Banganga later in the day,” said a police officer.
J&K lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said terrorism is the gravest threat to peace and prosperity and no one will be allowed to create disturbances in UT. Sinha administered the 'Anti-Terrorism Pledge' to senior officials, DCs and SSPs at Raj Bhawan to mark the observance of Anti-Terrorism Day. “I reaffirm our strong commitment to uphold peace and harmony and to defeat the forces of disruption threatening human lives,” he said.
Veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said the current tourism boom in Jammu and Kashmir is due to the rising temperature in the rest of the country and not because of any improved situation in the UT. Azad made the assertion, reiterating his stand on the Delimitation Commission report, saying that “the tailor-made report is in contradiction with the ground realities”. He is scheduled to return to Srinagar on Sunday.