The farmer’s market goes gourmet, as Karen Anand comes to town
With more than 23-countrywide farmer’s markets under her belt, food critic and restaurateur Karen Anand is hosting the city’s second edition. Watch out for new local suppliers, tried and tested brands from all over the country, plus cook-offs and competitions.
This Sunday, you can buy everything from French cheeses (courtesy Mango Hill and La Ferme) to organic veggies, pulses and snacks from city-based Healthy Buddha, and home-baked goodies and breads from Soul Bakers. “Fifty per cent are new stalls, while the remaining half were here last year. Around 70 per cent are local and the remainder are coming in from other cities. This formula allows people to find new things, and access old favourites,” shares Anand, adding that last year’s market was so successful that she hopes to make it a bi-annual affair, with a presence in Whitefield in the pipeline.
First time offerings to watch out for Good Juicery: This Pune-based brand sells fantastic aerated, natural juices that have been a hit in other cities. Madhura: From a farm on the outskirts of Calcutta, comes delicious organic honey, and a range of natural cosmetics made from beeswax, especially body butter. Earth Loaf: Raw chocolatiers from Mysore, they are joining the market for the first time, with new offerings like chocolate dipped fruit, and ladoos. Hokey Pokey: Gourmet ice creams from Mumbai that allow you to tailor your own creations. Perfect on a sunny Sunday!
Apart from stocking your cupboards, you can plan to take the family along for the food-centric activities that will be happening all afternoon. “We’ll be hosting an interactive contest, open to mother and child pairs. They can use one of my products to cook their favourite dish, with prizes for all the kids involved,” explains Anand. There will also be a live cooking demonstration from a city chef, who will use ingredients sourced from the market to whip up something innovative, and a cook-off for men hosted by Weber Grills.
Look out for a pop up stall by Abhijit Saha, turning out favourites from Fava, and focusing primarily on shawarma and wraps with fillings that include vegetable kibbeh and Turkish fish cake. Local wines and beers will be available from the hotel bar.
Entry free. February 22. 11 am onwards. At Hotel Royal Orchid, Old Airport Road. Details: 41783000
— Maegan Dobson Sippy