Karen Anand tells us what sets her farmers’ markets apart
Karen’s goodie basket
♦Mango hill cheese
♦Passion fruit juice from Pig Out
♦Mud pie from Painted Platters
♦Mulshi natural spring water
The culinary expert who has often been called the ‘Martha Stewart of India’ brings to the city a premium farmers’ market. A concept she pioneered nearly a decade ago in Pune, Anand seeks to recreate the premium markets she fell in love with on trips to America and the UK. “I would say that the Borough market in London is pretty close to what we are trying to achieve here – it’s a lot more than an organic outdoor market,” she says of the event she and her team carefully curate, making sure that only the best in quality and variety make the cut. Gourmet cheeses, specially cured meats and fresh organic produce from heirloom tomatoes and wild arugula to sauces, preserves and a wide array of select wines, baked goodies and even barbecue demonstrations that will be spread across the lawns, promises a fun way to relax and stock up.
Saunter across the tempting stalls with a glass of wine from local boutique winery Banyan Tree and nibble on gourmet ice creams from Amadora, Chennai, farm to table tapas from Bricklane Grill and some Coorg specialties from Pig Out. The Bangalore-based Kodava sisters Anjali and Ambika Ganapathy also make an increasingly popular passion fruit concentrate that comes recommended by Anand. The Royal Orchid, that also plays host for the day, offers up house specials, while Webber Picnic BBQ lets you select meat, vegetables and marinades to eventually grill your own meal.
Tots can amuse themselves at the kiddie cooking workshops while you browse through the 40 exhibitors selling everything from plants and kitchenware to new gourmet products, vegetables and fruits. As well as oven fresh breads, cakes, muffins, cupcakes, macaroons and other goodies by some of the city’s best bakers and dessert makers.
Anand promises that the curated market involves not just fresh farm produce, but also niche products, wineries and restaurants “in an atmosphere which is both fun and useful”. And this one-day format works particularly well for the producers and manufacturers she reigns in. “Many of our exhibitors have new products that do not fit into the traditional retail chain. Or produce very small quantities,” she explains.
Anand promises your Sunday will pan out nicely. “Shopping for fabulous products, discovering your favourite wines, learning how to barbecue and finally, sipping on your favourite drink on the lawns, enjoying the band and having a good time.”
March 2. 11 am to 7 pm. At Old Airport Road. Details: 25205566