A Unique Food Festival
Once again, it was time for Ahare Bangla food festival - a novel venture by the Government of West Bengal to serve the people with age-old as well as modern delicacies of Bengal-food with an aim to create awareness about the irresistible taste and the convenient source of the food products along with the promotion of the food industry in the state.
Ahare Bangla (2017 edition)
Food Food Everywhere
This five days long food carnival aka Ahare Bangla was inaugurated on 8th Dec at New Town fair ground at Kolkata. Reputed Chefs prepared regular as well as exotic fusion items using all local traditional and new ingredients of the state. Renowned restaurants and caterers of the city had partnered with the Government to bring their diversified cuisine in a unique interactive setting where anyone can see, eat and buy. Four hangers were made as Food Court with a separate and dedicated Court catering to international delicacies. Not surprisingly, foddies had a lip-smacking time there. People from all walks of life were seen gorging on a wide array of items from local favourite fish kabiraji to lamb, pork and quail delicacy.
Are you wondering whether there were anything to satisfy your sweet tooth? Of course, no less than 23 stalls were set up at Milam Mela ground to satisfy our taste buds! And after securing a geographical indication tag for Bengal’s favourite rosogolla/ rasgulla, sweetmeat manufacturers in the state were trying new variants of their beloved sweetmeat, the latest being rasgulla flavoured with tulsi, which was unveiled in this festival. While jaggery rasgullas, a winter speciality, are selling like hot cakes at sweet shops in the city, visitors to the food festival were found satiating their taste buds with the new rasgulla variant after feasting on Russian and Chinese cuisine.
To add flavor, the festival hosted ethnic and cultural programmes with folk songs, modern bangla song, dance to be rendered by eminent artists like Shibaji Chattopadhyay, Sriradha Bandyopadhyay, Dona Ganguly on a three side open stage which enabled the visitors to enjoy the cultural programme while savoring gourmet food.
For the first time, an open to all Cookery Competition was held along with daily talk show and Cookery sessions with renowned chefs.