Photo Gallery: A festival for Delhi’s palates

March 16, 2015

It’s rather unappetizing to see an ambitious food festival getting little attention, especially when it brings together over a dozen food tents offering Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and northern and southern Indian foods.

The Palate Mini festival lived up to its name, judging by the miniature turnout of food lovers, who were conspicuous by their absence during most of the first day. That’s a shame, given that New Delhi’s sprawling Nehru Park is a great place for a picnic. German tents and al fresco cafes, live music, a bar and about 30 carts were there, many of them selling tasty confections and bakery items.

I tried a Chinese chicken rice bowl meal, which at 700 rupees ($11) was a forgettable and shameless ripoff. A man from Noida sold fresh fruit juice, without additives. But why did it cost 125 rupees ($2)? I tasted kale chips, a peculiar (at least to me) snack rich in protein. Finally, I left the venue, having tasted my fill of the best cakes, pastries, pies and tarts.

The three-day festival, which ended on Sunday, is a smaller version of a festival that was held last year at the same venue. The participants paid between 35,000 rupees to 100,000 rupees (about $550 to $1,600) to set up shop at the festival.

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