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    Bangalore Food Fete promises two days of culinary delight, eclectic music, and fun

    To understand what overdosing on food really means, make your way to the Bangalore Food Fest that returns this weekend with its second edition. And this time, it’s even bigger. With food trucks and chefs joining in from Chennai, Ooty, and Coimbatore, it’s also factored in ‘challenges’, a la MasterChef, and other forms of entertainment. Conceptualised by Unnath Reddy, a F&B consultant, and inspired by the Dubai Food Festival, the fete promises two days of ‘eatainment’. The fest will occupy around 60,000 sq ft of the KTPO Trade Centre, which can accommodate 10,000 people at a time.
    Fare factor
    Reddy has tried to bring a lot of global flavours at the fete. So you can dig into Chinese, Mexican to Continental, American, Italian, and pan-Asian food. Mangalorean, Kodava, Chettinad, Kerala, and Andhra dishes will dominate the Indian platter. Watch out for authentic Kashmiri food as well. An army of 12 food trucks, 20 home chefs, 40 food outlets, and four pop-up restaurants will take care of your adventurous appetite. Reddy, a self-confessed foodie, recommends dropping by Sanadige (Mangalorean), 38 Castle Street (European and American), Byblos (Lebanese), and Kylie’s (baos), Whooppeezz (mostly pizzas), or home chef, Vrinda Chinnappa’s kiosk called Smoked Pepper that serves Kodava food. For sweet cravings, head to The Bangalore Bakery Works, Cream Castle, Keik or Eat.Walk.Love, which offers pancakes, and kokum shots with panipuri, called Two to Tango.
    New names
    Fests such as this are great for testing your food enterprise. Chennai’s Do-Shh-Ahh will vroom into the city with its 99 varieties of dosas on a food truck. Blenders Inc from Coimbatore will help you beat the summer with its milkshakes, and smoothies. Culinarium restaurant, located on Ooty-Coonoor main road, will dish out veg croissants, sausage rolls, and spanakopita. City newbies Hash – Grill & Chill, and Go-Waffles foodtruckwill dish out a continental menu, and authentic Belgian waffles respectively. There there are the ‘Users’ Choice Awards’ that Reddy’s team is organising in association with GullyFood app. It lets you vote for the best chef, home-based food entrepreneurs, fine dining experience, burgers, desserts, and more.
    I dare
    If you and your pals are looking for some fun over food, head to the stalls by Smally’s and Stone Monkey. The two are holding burger, and ice cream eating challenges respectively. Chef Ammar Molki of Byblos restaurant will throw the Masterchef challenge. The contestant who gets the flavour profile, aromas, presentation, as well the turnaround time of the recipe right will win the title.
    Rock n’ roll
    To make your gastronomical getaway memorable, Reddy’s team has also called in bands, DJs, entertainers, and even set up a flea market. Thaalavattam, and Hannah Mathews & Band will be the closing gigs on day one and day two respectively.
    April 16-17. `50 upwards (food). `200 (entry). At Whitefield.
    Details: 9591676383

    —Barkha Kumari

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