The Pork Roast is almost over — come fast,” said a teenager to her friend as they hurried towards one of the 20 stalls at the Family Day Out and Food Fest at St James’ School on Thursday. The carnival on Day Five of the weeklong Anglo-Indian Reunion, partnered by The Telegraph, saw almost 1,000 visitors and a food spread that had everything from biryani, phuchkas and kati rolls to Vindaloo, Pantras, Jalfrezi and bakarkhani! An exhibition of Anglo-Indian artefacts, and games were the other highlights. “It’s all about coming home to your roots,” said Gordon Maher, president, International Federation of Anglo-Indian Associations.
For Calcutta-bred and US-settled Angela (right), it was all about coming home with partner Nicki Roseman. As they dug into dalpuris, the duo discussed their checklist — Nahoum’s, Flurys, Missionaries of Charity and Victoria Memorial. “We’re going to cover it all!” they said.
Three generations — mother, daughter and grandmother — from the famous Saldanha Bakery & Confectionery on Park Street set up stall at the fest. “Visitors are asking for our traditional sweets like Lemon Drops, Coconut Macaroons and Walnut Cake,” said Debra Saldanha (far left).
What have Calcutta’s Bridgette Jones (second from left) and sister Ruth (fourth from left) been up to? “I’ve eaten nihari, bakarkhani, Bandel cheese and dalpuris... the works!” said Ruth, visiting Calcutta after 25 years from Gold Coast. The duo, along with friends Debbie, Tracy and Lynette, cheered the footballers on the field.