Mouth-watering dishes warmed up Delhi’s chilling weather as the annual food festival, Dilli ke Pakwan kicked off in the Capital. The culinary delight of the city saw a large number of visitors pouring from in and around along with foreign tourists.
The festival organised by Delhi Tourism was inaugurated by Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, in the presence of Meenakshi Lekhi, MP, on 24 December at Baba Karag Singh Marg. Ramesh Tiwari, MD & CEO, DTTDC along with Ravi Dadhich, GM, DTTDC were also present at the ocassion.
While speaking on the occasion, Harsh Vardhan congratulated everyone present and expressed his temptation for food at the festival. He said, “Delhi can be termed as mini-India as the city is true example of unity in diversity”. Vardhan also expressed his passion for good health and advised the visitors on eating in a balanced manner. Meenakshi Lekhi feels that cooking is an art and street food vendors should be given at least a three weeks of training to hone their skills, while she also stressed on the role of entrepreneurship for betterment of the nation.
Nearly 60 food items are being served at this seven-day street food festival to mark the celebration of Delhi’s culinary diversity. From paneer pakoda, aflatooni tikka to chicken lollipop and mouthwatering halwa and gulab jamuns, all popular dishes from the nook and corner of the city are being served with great hospitality.
Fifth in the row, Delhi Tourism has been providing an organised platform to food artistes and ensures that festivals alike impact the tourism circuit in the capital. Cuisiniers, halwai, cooks and chefs have specially come to Baba Kharak Singh Marg for giving the city a taste of their best dishes all under one roof. Apart, delicacies of Delhi, the venue witnessed cultural activities like katchi-godi, bhopa-bhopi and a lively puppet show in the evening. A daring fire act was also organised, which left the visitors amazement.
Dilli Ke Pakwaan’s colourful and informative souvenir was also launched on the occasion.
Cultural evenings which includes blazing bhangra performance, a special food quiz and food talk is also to be held. To mark the celebration of the Christmas, large number of people would be attending the festival to enjoy the festivities.