The Taste of Mumbai food festival begins in February.
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Gourmands, and those hipsters who're always in the know, are already chattering about the Taste of Mumbai festival. The international food festival - the Taste Festival is held in 14 cities worldwide - promises to showcase foods from the Mumbai's premium eateries.
The massive food festival, which comprises pop-up restaurants run by 12 eateries as well as bars, a taste theatre, band stand and farmer's market run by Naini Setalvad, is being brought to the city by food expert Karen Anand and her team at ASK.
Talking about the Indian edition, Anand says the biggest difference between the Mumbai festival and the international shows is that it is not a food exhibition. "Its' all about premium eating out. We wanted to showcase the best of Bombay. We'll be setting up pop-up restaurant spaces, as well as the backend kitchen, which is quite difficult. Each participating restaurant, like say Arola (the Spanish restaurant at the JW Marriott), will be putting up three signature dishes and one iconic dish," Anand says.
Besides the likes of Koh, Caperberry from Bangalore, China House (Grand Hyatt), Ellipsis, Fire (The Park Hotel, Delhi), Impresario Handmade Restaurants, Kofuku, & Olive Bar & Kitchen, foodies will also be able to sample dishes from the kitchens of London's Cinnamon Kitchen and Graffiti from New York.
The line-up of chefs who will present demos at the Taste Theatre is pretty impressive. Of the 19 who will be present at the three-day festival, four are international chefs. Using her contacts, Anand has convinced the likes of French masterchef Alain Fabrègues to come down for demos and talks. "Next year will only be bigger and better," she adds.
"What I'm looking forward to," says Anand, "is the challenge of brings together 19 chefs. It's going to be quite fun, like a big culinary school. Putting together the whole event is quite a task, right from getting quality restaurants to arranging for hard wood floors for the event. I'll be happy when everything goes up."
So, while Fabrègues will showcase 'French classicism with a big ladle of Australian realism', Margot Janse, executive chef at Relais and Châteaux Le Quartier Français Hotel in South Africa will present fine food from Africa. There's also Diva's Ritu Dalmia, Ellipsis' Kelvin Cheung as well as Jehangir Mehta, who followers of Iron Chef will recognise from the 2012 Redemption series.
The event is spread of over the last weekend in February; and there's the chance sample foods, listen to live music, sip coffee at the café or, if you've got a VIP pass, taste the single malts at the Glenfiddich VIP Bar.
The Taste of Mumbai food festival runs from February 22-24 at the Wilson & Grant Gymkhanas, Marine Drive. Standard tickets are for Rs 600 and VIP passes for Rs 2000. Check Tasteofmumbai.in for more information.
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