Written By Indus Content Team
The Streets of India festival which was a three day festival, started on the 11th of November and ended on the 13th of November. It was really amazing to witness the various food cultures of the different parts of India getting merged into the limit of a single street. People who had cared to visit the festival in Kolkata certainly must have been spellbound just by seeing the variety of food and art crafts that was exhibited there. It was as if the entire Indian culture brought to one single place.
The festival showcased both fashion and street food. It was simply the Elysium for all the foodies as there an eye popping 170 varieties of rasgullas and an astonishing 34 number of flavours of ice creams waiting to be licked. The rasgullas, which has always been the crowning jewel among the sweets or the deserts of West Bengal, was served in flavours such as pundiya and dhaniya along with delicious mixed fruit and pasta badam. The rasgulallas had been given some natural colouring providing the customers with an array of colourful rasgullas. However, the stall keepers claimed that there were no preservatives in the rasgullas. Some experiments were also done with the other sweets as a touch of bitterness and spiciness was also given to them and the experiments were successful with flying colours.
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Now, let’s get into our favourite desert item and that is ice-cream. The sensational fusion ice creams included the natural subtle coconut flavour, caramel crunch, rose, south Indian coffee and kesar rabri malai to get into the groove of street food. Though the festival had a bit of setback owing to the ban of the 500 and 1000 rupees notes, but still the seven paan flavoured ice creams were able to lighten up the mood of the organisers as well as the hundreds of people visiting the festival.
There were 45 food stalls, both street food cafeterias as well as diners like Aminia and Hotel Sonnet, at the festival serving top restaurant quality food. There were 130 handicraft stalls and the West Bengal Tourism Department must be praised for its efforts in making this festival so appealing and such a grand success. Celebrated Chef Rongon Neogi had also set up a stall in the street food section of the festival exhibiting techniques to make quick refreshments. Art and handicrafts were also not far behind as the famous artisan Ashis Biswas of the North 24 Parganas came with a handful of terracotta products and a variety of handicrafts from Orissa and Bankura. Patiala shoes were also brought by Surendra Singh 300 pairs of ethnic, hand-made footwear Patiala gharana
So over all the festival had been a massive success and the organizers must be congratulated for such a grand success. It was a blast.