Street food festival at Bihar day function

PATNA:If footfalls are any indicator of the success of the food bonanza, the All India Street Food Festival at the Gandhi Maidan during Bihar day celebrations is a big success. The lips smacking items of 14 states being served at 40 stalls are drawing people. The foodies are seen making a beeline to savour the delight of street foods of southern states as well as of Punjab and West Bengal. The three day long national street food festival is being organized by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) in association with NGO Nidan.

It is the maiden street food festival which the people of Bihar are witnessing. Of the 40 stalls, 15 are from Bihar and 25 from other states, serving diverse varieties and items with more than 200 recipes from down south to up northern states and from coastal east to Gangetic plains. The major culinary attractions encompass tastes, flavours and traditions of several states.

The culinary attractions come from Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Delhi, Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

The chicken 65 from Dharwar in Karnataka being served at the stall of street food vendor Narayanswami and Makke ki Roti with Sarson ka Saag and chipped Paneer at Patiala based food vendor Vasudev Saneja were among those items which became hit on the first day of the festival.

Upbeat with the response of the crowd, NASVI national coordinator and Nidan director Arbind Singh described the event as a major street food advocacy intervention and thanked the Bihar government and Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation for giving an opportunity to organize such a grand event.

He said, “Street food is a treasure house of local culinary traditions and is increasingly playing an important role as an enhancer and force multiplier of tourism sector. Asian street food is considered as the best in the world.”

NASVI programme manager Ranjit Abhigyan said, “For us, promoting street food and cementing the identity of street food vendors is closely linked with preserving and promoting the socio-cultural diversity of place and region.”

Source: Times of India

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