Vegetarian food, beverage leave Puneites satiated – Times of India

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PUNE: Good food, live music and a steady flow of beverages ensured Puneites had a great time at The Times of India Green Dot Gourmet Food Fest. A first-of-its-kind vegetarian food festival, Green Dot received an overwhelming response on the opening day.
The afternoon heat on Saturday failed to dampen the spirit of food lovers, who thronged Vrindavan Lawns at Baner Road to indulge in an assortment of vegetarian fare. The crowd only further swelled as the sun began to set, lending the lawn a carnival atmosphere. Live music by popular bands Malang and Fidelity kept the crowds entertained through the evening.
Food blogger Mrunmai Naikwadi said, “I am a vegetarian and I was very excited to visit Green Dot. Every cuisine has been covered here, with dishes ranging for basic vegetarian fare to some that aren’t easily available in Pune. The Bamboo Biryani and Soya Chaap were the highlight. I loved the experience and hope that more vegetarian food festivals are organized in the city. Such festivals will surely draw a lot of people as many from the city are turning vegetarian or vegan.”
Indian and international cuisines were on offer at nearly 30 stalls, including North Indian, South Indian, Indian street food, Maharashtrian, Rajasthani, Bihari, Italian, Mexican, Shawarma and much more.
The Bamboo Biryani, served by Kolhapuri Tadka, was among the showstopping dishes at the festival. Food blogger Ruchi Parekh said, “This is a new concept and I have never seen it before. The rice is filled into a hollow bamboo stick and covered using aluminium foil. The bamboo is then left to cook on charcoal. The charcoal gave the biryani a slightly smoky flavour and enhances the spices.”
Wood-fired pizzas on offer by the food truck Fire Wheels also wowed a number of patrons. “We serve only vegetarian wood-fired pizzas and are generally stationed near Blue Ridge Society at Hinjewadi. We came prepared to dish out at least 150 pizzas in three different sizes for the first day,” said Suraj Vishwasrao, owner of the food truck.
The festival also had a mixology session by Chef Gopi of Lemon Tree. A masterclass on Oriental food by Baan Tao left people spell bound. The Raw Papaya Salad prepared during the masterclass was a hit among patrons witnessing the preparations.
The Times of India Green Dot Gourmet Food Fest is powered by VTP Realty and curated by Pune Eat Outs associate sponsors are Girikand Holidays and Ranka Jewellers.
Times Green Dot Gourmet Food Fest is on at Vrindavan Lawns, Baner Road, from 11am to 10pm

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