Massive footfall brings curtains down on The Telegraph Food Festival
The first edition of The Telegraph Food Festival here concluded on Sunday with a massive footfall of gourmets.
The three-day festival at Sonaram field in Bharalumukh from Friday to Sunday was not just limited to food but an amalgamation of music, dance and fashion.
The visitors were elated at the variety of food and fun available.
The timing also proved opportune as people have just started enjoying the festive spirit with Durga Puja round the corner.
The event’s final day started at 11am with a kid’s fashion show followed by a rock show in the evening. The crowd responded with a lot of excitement to all events. Entry to the festival was free.
The stall owners said this has been one of the best festivals that they ever attended.
Utpal Das, cluster manager of Absolute Barbeque, said he was excited to be a part of the festival and hopes that more such programmes take place in the city. “As we are new to the city, the festival has given us a platform to introduce ourselves to the people of Guwahati,” he added.
Navin Gupta, owner of Angrezi Paanwala, said, “It is a very good experience for us and although the crowd was thin on the first day, we had very good business over the weekend.”
Philippa Mehtaz Hussain of Miran’s said this was a very good experience for her.
“I just started my business and since it is a new initiative, I am very happy that my business was acknowledged and liked by everyone who visited the stall. I only operate through online sales and as a cloud kitchen, this festival gave me recognition. People now are familiar with the food I offer.”
Anirban Bora, manager of Chillax-Café and Bistro, said the marketing or publicity of the event could have been better but overall he was happy with the footfall.
There was a special pavilion from Bangladesh, managed by a famous cook from Sylhet, Muhammad Sahidullah Baburchi. The chef said, “I have enjoyed myself here immensely here as people are very friendly. We received a very good response.”
The chef cooked the famous kacchi biryani and other authentic dishes of Bangladesh the people have appreciated the taste of his biryani.
He also presented hilsa and pabda preparations.