Delhi’s winter is best suitable for open-air parties and picnics. This is the time when most of the food festival takes place in Delhi. Unfortunately, there was more discussion about Delhi’s pollution due to high toxins in the air, it was indeed bad. Despite everything, the spirit of Delhi is always high even in worst scenarios. In summers no outdoor activities are possible due to high temperature. So as soon as winter approaches everyone is ready to go out and spend time in the open. There are many food festivals from November to February. The Palate Fest is one of the biggest in terms of food outlets and the variety of foods it offers. The added advantage is that there is a concert every evening by a renowned Indian bands or singer. So it is a food and music festival.
The Palate fest is a 3 days event and this year it was from 17th November to 19th November in Nehru Park. The best thing was that Nehru Park is surrounded by greenery and trees. It was more like a Picnic with no effort. Just land at the venue and there were stalls serving mouthwatering vegetarian and nonvegetarian food from makeshift kitchens. The Palate fest covers around 25% area of the Nehru Park and it was divided into 4 zones named Blue zone, Green Zone, Red Zone and Yellow zone.
There were stalls by restaurants & hotels, picnic benches which were common as well as exclusive for some food stalls and there were 2 stages for concerts.
There were two entrance gates, one was opening into the yellow zone. In this area, there was a small stage for the performance and it was smaller in comparison to Blue and Green zone. The second gate opens into Green area. The big stage was in front of Blue area with a ground in front of the stage to accommodate crowds.
The Palate fest commenced at 3:30 PM on Friday the 17th November and on Saturday & Sunday, the festival commences at 11:30 AM. I went on the 18th afternoon with one of my friends and fortunately, the air was clean as it rained the night before. Due to this, it was less polluted comparatively.
The Palate fest showcases the India’s finest restaurants, chefs, and musicians. This fest is a one-stop destination for foodies with a plethora of standalone restaurants, food chains, and some 5-star hotel chains and they offer an exclusive dining experience. The market stalls selling items to take back home and by end of the day live music by bands was icing on the cake.
There were approx 100 stalls in the fest and it was of international level food fest.
There were Demos by renowned chef’s every evening in the Demo area located between Blue and green zone. On the second day, there was a demo scheduled by chef Hemant Oberoi for Ceramica but some Sous chef came and it was a very lousy demo. Other then this it was a great day and we had a good time at the fest.
There was a live performance Sibani Kashyap and it was followed by Euphoria.
Food Brands at Palate fest 2017
Blue Zone: Keventers, The Great Kabab Factory, Taj, Monginis, Roseate, Lite Bite Foods, ITC Master Chef, Kaffa, Jom wof Malay, Trend Bar & Kitchen, Kofuku, Fratelli, Royal China, Veda, Gianni, Neung Roi, Aamra
Green Zone: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Andrea’s, Hillcart tales, Kylin, Haldiram’s, Fat Lulu’s, Baking Bad, Sandoz, Enoki, Ooh La La, Nooshe Joon, Tashan, Ami’s Food Cafe.
Red Zone: Pretty Baked, Sinful bites, Tea boutique, Sugar loft, Sugarnama, Cravings, Wonderland, Berushka, Amy’s bakehouse, House of Candy, Indo Kulfi, Nut stories, Sugar Loft, WholeFoods
Yellow Zone: British Bakers street, Amici, Bun Intended, Uncle Jack’s, Wokman, Sleepy Owl, Italiano, Dolce Gelato, Maka Maka, Pita Pit, House of Tigers, The Lalit, Imagine Cold Pressed Juice, Movenpick, Koyla Kabab, Sushi Junction
Demo Classes by Master-Chefs:
17 Nov: Ranveer Brar
18 Nov: Vicky Ratnani and Hemant Oberoi
19 Nov: Nishant Choubey
17 Nov: Astitva, Indian Ocean
18 Nov: Euphoria
19 Nov: Rocknaama, Raftaar
IMP: Car parking was an issue, it is better to take a cab.