The birth of Food Festivals gave the people of Delhi options galore to try a variety of food – from the known names in the food industry, to the upcoming ones – under one roof. As these festivals grew in popularity, people got to experience events and performances progressively. One of the known names in the cloud of food fests is the Hindustan Times Palate Fest – and it was the 5th edition of the fest that Delhities witnessed this year.
The event happened over the weekend of December 14 – 16 – taking into account the festive mood that the people are already in, in the run up to Christmas and new year; at Nehru Park at Chanakyapuri. The sheer expanse of the venue along with the flawless planning and execution made the Hindustan Times Palate Fest 2018 a successful event – continuing the legacy from the last 5 years. There’s no doubt that earlier this year, Hindustan Times Palate Fest was awarded the Best Event in South Asia at the prestigious INMA Global Awards (International News Media Association) held at Washington.
People got to experience a diverse range of food from across cuisines at participating brands like Big Wong, Jom Jom Malay, Bombay Brasserie, The Great Kabab Factory, Orient Heritage, Punjab Grill, Wok to Walk, Olives of Spain, Kiara’s Soul Kitchen, Zambar, Taj, Fat Lulus, Baking Bad, House of Candy, Sattvik, Mexican Embassy, Al Yusuf, ITC Maurya, Vibe by Lalit Traveller, East 101, Waffle King, The Hillcart Tales, Namaste Asia, Koyla Kebabs among many others.
One of our favorites from the lot was Orient Heritage – a delivery only kitchen in Malviya Nagar that we got to try at the HT Palate Fest 2018. We have a special kind of affection for dimsums and we totally loved their Veg Curry and Chicken Curry dimsums – mildly flavored and conveniently colored with beetroot – these are as interesting to look at as they are a delight to the palate. The other dimsums we tried were the Fiery Chicken and Prawn Hargao – absolutely to the mark. The star from the kitchen was however The Boston Crab Roll – one bite into it and you will know why! We liked the Korean Fried Chicken from the appetizers menu but it was the Gochujang Fish which won our hearts.
It is not just food that kept the vibe going at the HT Palate Fest 2018. Tantalizing food was accompanied by exciting musical performances by prominent artists bringing in innumerable music genres from Indie to pop, Punjabi to Hip-Hop and Sufi to Rock for an all-round entertainment. On the opening day, the multi-genre Hindi band Tarkash dazzled the venue with their scintillating performance. It was the fresh and vibrant Bollywood playback singer Tulsi Kumar who pumped up the stage with her super hit tracks followed by popular DJ NYK playing non-stop Bollywood & EDM songs on Saturday. The grand finale on 16th December, Sunday opened with the stunning swag queen Jasmine Sandlas followed by an electrifying act by India’s first and original popstar Daler Mehendi.
A brainchild of Ruchi Sibal and Aditi Kapoor, Palate Fest is one stop for lovers of food. The best place to enjoy the known and upcoming brands in a relaxed setting while you enjoy live music performances in the open air setting. We so look forward to the Palate Fest next year!