With the summer vacations starting off, it’s literally raining food festivals in Pune! From Maharashtrian to Bengali to Thai, there are multiple options to choose from. Chefs have prepared specially curated menus for their patrons, and you really can’t go wrong with any of these.
Here’s a run down on how you can make this weekend realy count!
- ‘Peth Pujo’ at Hyatt Regency – Kolkata Food Festival
I would not call ‘Peth Pujo’- The Bengali Way – the ongoing food festival at The Café at Hyatt Regency Pune, a Bengali Food Festival. Here is why?
It is so because, it is a SHOWCASE – a showcase of Kolkata, a city that is a melting pot of cuisines, all thanks to its culinary past. It aptly showcases how completely distinct cuisines sit happily next to each other each unique and yet each from Bengal. How the Amish and the niramish (Bengali vegetarian and non vegetarian) bumps happily next to artfully designed rich, meat based dishes from the Mughals and how the Awadhi influence came from the bawarchis, masalchis and Khansamas who tagged along with the last Nawab of Awadh who was exiled to the outskirts of Kolkata and gave local food the sweet spices, nuts and dried fruit that are characteristic of their cuisine and then came the British who got with them not only their baking expertise but also their tea, cutlets culture.
Date: Till 30th April
Cost: INR 1050++ for lunch and INR 1299++ for dinner
2. Traditional Thai Fest at the Grand Sheraton
Feast. That’s exactly what you get when you step into Feast, the buffet restaurant in any Grand Sheraton across the world. And Grand Sheraton hotel Pune stands proudly with its international brethren as it boasts a huge spread of delicacies as part of its buffet, ranging from Indian to Continental, shawrma to Paella, grills and desserts, middle easter hummus and North Indian Dahi bhalla. The choice is, indeed, mind boggling
Date: Till 29th April
Cost: INR 1375++
3. Maharashtrian Food Festival at Orchid Hotel, Balewadi
Pune has had a mixed western food culture since a while and a Maharashtrian food festival at the time of Akshaya Tritiya and the Maharashtra day from 28th April to 7th May is the perfect way of celebrating our traditional culture and our food.
Maharashtrian food has influences from various regions desh, khandesh, vidharba and marathwada. Right from the Urban vada pav to the rural staple food of bhakri with rassa, the festival has managed to include a spread doing justice to all.
Date: Till 7th May
Cost: INR 999++
4. Beers and Sizzlers at the Hilton
The theme and name of the festival is ‘The Beer and Sizzler’ festival. Now you may be thinking why the new perspective? Well for starters and quite literally speaking; the sizzlers on the menu here are starter sizzlers and not the full-fledged ones which is a meat or a veggie overload spread over a bed of rice.
Now, a rather interesting concept what Chef Samarth has to offer for his patrons is the choice of assorted breads or rice that can be paired with these sizzlers. So while they are essentially starters served on a sizzling plate, the pairing up with bread or some rice variant gives it a volume of sorts and some fresh perspective. Chef Samarth has planned a lavish spread of sizzlers that see all sorts of veggies, mushrooms and meat.
Date: Till 30th April
Cost: INR 400++ veg, 450++ Non-Veg
5. Mango Festival at Rajdhani
15 katoris of aamras is enough to bring any mortal down on their knees. But for bhukkads like us, that is called “just wetting our beaks”.
This April, Khandani Rajdhani celebrates a 2-month long Aamlicious Festival that celebrates the king of fruits in its most delicious forms.
Date: Till 31st May
Cost: INR 399++