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Delhi date with delicacies

- 30 vendors selected for December food fest in capital

The state’s cuisine would soon satiate the taste buds of people in Delhi.

Around 20 street vendors from Bihar have been given the opportunity to set up shop, err stalls, at the Delhi Street Food Festival this December. The event has been organised by the National Association of Street Vendors of India.

The Telegraph caught up with some of the street vendors who would go to the national capital later this year.

Sweet tooth

Vijay Kumar, a 29-year-old who sits near Biscomaun Bhavan, would present sweets malpua and chhena jalebi to visitors at the Delhi fair.

He said: “This is not the first time I am taking part in such a festival. Earlier, I had gone for the Singapore Food Festival (sent by National Association of Street Vendors of India). I have also been to the Delhi Food Festival thrice before this. I am happy that I have been again selected for this year’s fest. It means that the people of Delhi like what I prepare.”

MUTTON FARE

Dinesh Kumar, 34, would go to Delhi with the state’s favourite dish, litti-chokha, and mutton. In Patna, he provides residents his delicacies at Boring Road and Maurya Lok.

Excited about the upcoming trip, he said: “Litti-chokha and mutton is one of the most popular food of Bihar. I’ll take it to the people of Delhi and those who would visit my stall would remember the dish for days. This is the goal I have fixed for myself.”

HYGIENE FIRST

Ramesh Prasad, a 52-year-old street food vendor near Biscomaun, will treat Delhi-wallahs to snacks popular in the city, including onion pakauri, chana and kachri.

He said: “Getting this chance makes me understand my responsibility. I’ll be representing my state, which means I have to take extra care in preparing my food. In these festivals, apart from the taste, people give attention to hygiene too. I would make sure that my stall provides the people of Delhi only hygienic food.”