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    This Christmas market will bring food, fashion and fun under one roof.

    Christmas is inching closer by the day.

    The midnight Christmas Market by the newly-launched group Big Feed, has got its cue right.

    The event is being put together by city-based entrepreneurs and founders of Big Feed, Shweta Mahtani, franchise owner of Mainland China in Chennai, Deepali Goyal, an MBA graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania and Latika Golyan, director of Arya Group of Companies.

    The festive market will bring together everything from a white Christmas ambience and wine sangrias to gourmet food and fashion brands for men and women. “With me moving back from Nepal and wanting to create a Christmas Market that Chennai should experience, and with Shweta wanting to do something with food which transpired into a concept bar night, and with Deepali’s love for fashion and events, we thought why not conceptualise something that men and women can enjoy and look forward to every year. That lead to this two-day midnight market,” says Golyan, adding that they have been working on the idea for the past six-months.

    Midnight medley

    Expect brands like Savio Jon, the women’s fashion label from Goa, Splits by Anderson (driving shoes for men) and Gatsby, the city-based men’s fashion brand. The market will also bring home bakers like Somras.

    “Expect a foot-long pizza and Chinese gourmet by Tao of Peng, Amadora ice creams and Christmas breads and treats with some carnival-style snacks by Nicky’s Cafe,” shared Golyan.

    Picking their favourites, Golyan says, “We love Shradha Trehan’s jumpsuits and are really excited about it. Also Paridhi Jaipuria and 431-88’s new collection is fabulous.”

    Discreet shots

    Golyan tells us that they will be bringing the 1920s’ concept of a Speakeasy bar from New York, where alcohol was prohibited and bars were hidden underground or behind pizza shops and phone booths.

    “To transport you back to the 1920s, when bootleggers ruled the streets of New York, the theme of Chennai’s first #PleaseDontTell event is the Speakeasy bar,” says Golyan, adding that the designers and bakers were selected on the basis of what’s not available in Chennai.

    “We were especially keen on doing a section for men, as most of these fashion events cater to women only,” says Golyan.

    Free entry for the market. Rs  1,500 per person for Please Don’t Tell Bar.

    At The Crowne Plaza. December 7 and 8. Details: 9566125034

    — Saloni Sinha

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