Indian Festivals

India, rich in culture and cuisine, is the best place for travellers and foodies. Food tells us a lot about the place’s culture, cooking method, spices, availability of ingredients, tradition, and style. But experiencing them requires travelling and what would be the best option instead of Indian Railways which connects almost all regions of India and allows us to explore more and taste more.


Multiple Cities of India Organize different food fairs. The upcoming story of the greatest food festivals would compel you to plan a trip and become part of one or more of them. While you travel by Indian Railways trains, RailRestro e-catering does its best to delight your journey with delicious food in trains served at your seat. 


Read on to learn about the 15 epic Indian food festivals which will take your taste buds to heaven.


1. The Great Indian Food Festival 


Dilli Haat of Delhi brings food from over 12 states and installs more than 75 food stalls to give tastes of varieties from Butter Chicken to Paratha, Chaats to Ice Cream, Halwas to Kababs. The Great Indian Food Festival has sufficient flavour to increase your taste level and cherish them forever. The festival also hosts competitions such as live cookery, Golgappa-Gulping, Vada-Pav eating, etc. Delve into the festive food, mood and lights at the capital city of India. 


Place – Dilli Haat, Delhi


Month – January



2. Mei Ram-ew 


This North-East Food Festival will amaze you with different forest foraged and locally grown foods. These foods are cooked and served in traditional ways by native North-East people. The fete is an effort of NESFAS (North-East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society) to showcase the varieties of delicacy in the North-Eastern States. The Mei Ram-ew is a beautiful rabble that compliments the astonishing beauty of Meghalaya. 


Month – December


Place – Mawphlang Sacred Grove, Meghalaya. 



3. NASVI National Street Food Festival 


The NASVI is abbreviated as the National Association of Street Vendors of India. This fair presents you with fabulous street foods from various regions of India in one place. The NASVI is organized at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. It is the best occasion for the people who love street food, whether it is Chaat, Momos, Bada Pav, Bhel Puri, or the spicy Chole Kulcha. The NASVI feast offers you the most popular foods sold at the avenues all over India. 


Month – January


Place – JNS, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi



4. Ahare Bangla 


We all love Rasgulla of West Bengal. But apart from this Rasgulla, Bengal has varieties of unique tastes like Bhapa Ilish, Emu steaks, Aromatic Tulai Panji rice, Kosha Mangsho, and many more. The West Bengal government organizes a five-day food festival that serves classic dishes of this state. Don’t miss the mouth-watering Bengali desserts and snacks at this fair.


Place – Milan Mela Grounds, Kolkata


Month – October



5. Asian Hawkers Market


An amazing food festival, observed for 3 days, Asian Hawkers Market is the full package of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. Asian Hawker Markets serve the best of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai delicacies in one place. Here, you can taste varieties of Sushi Rolls, Tempura, Dimsums, Stir-Fries, and Seafood platter. Explore the best food for your taste buds at the beautiful stalls in the Hawkers market. 


Place – City Walk, Delhi


Month – October



6. Bhukkad Flea


An exclusive meeting spot for home chefs, women entrepreneurs, small eateries, and food start-ups from every region of Mumbai. Bhukkad Flea serves hundreds of tastes in one place with awesome live music. This is the only Fest in the world where you will get hundreds of cuisines on a single platter. If you have a diehard food lover in you, never miss it out.


Place – Corona Garden, Bandra West, Mumbai


Month – January



7. The Grub Fest


The Fest serves a great combination of food, fun, music, and entertainment. The Grub Fest screens films about food, organizes culinary workshops and hosts popular restaurants. This festival also has an organic food market and a mini food truck called Grub Mile. It is one of the fabulous food festivals of India.


Place – New Delhi, Pune, and Mumbai 


Month – March



8. Sattvik Food Festival


This Indian Fair has been organized by an NGO named Sristi for the past fourteen years. The Sattvik Food Festival installs over 75 stalls to sell healthy, tasty, and unique dishes from all over India on one platter. Some popular delicacies of this Festival are Soya Cutlets, Oats Tikki chaat, Pineapple Jalebi, etc. It is the perfect place for Jains and vegetarians who wish to eat delicious Indian dishes in one place. 


Place – AES Ground, Ahmedabad


Month – December



9. Itsy Bitsy Food Festival


Itsy Bitsy the Great Indian Food Festival is not only serving foods but also spreading the message of Zero wastage. In this festival, over 30 food stations are set up by famous eatery houses that cater bite-sized portions of regular dishes. Additionally, when the festival gets over, it collects all the remaining eatables from each station and donates them to Roti Bank and Robin Hood Army, an organization that provides food to the underprivileged. Isn’t it an amazing feast!


Place – High Street Phoenix, Lower Panel, Mumbai


Month- February



10. Food Truck Festivals 


Some time held in Delhi, some time in Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, or any small or big city of India, the Food Truck Festival serves delicious meals on wheels. It grabs the attention of a huge population. Delhi recently hosted its first food truck festival, ‘Horn Ok Please’. Bangalore has been hosting Food Truck and Music Festival for the last four years. Ahmedabad and Mumbai organized their first food truck festival last year.


Place – Not Fixed


Month – Any Time



11. Restaurant Week


Presently, organized in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Pune, a celebration of experiencing formal fine dining at restaurants. During this festival week, restaurants serve foods at discount prices. It becomes a great opportunity for food lovers to explore more at a low price in the Restaurant week festival.


Place – Big Cities


Month – Time is not fixed



12. Bangalore Food Feast


The IT city Bangalore’s biggest food festival comes up with the town’s best restaurants, cafes, bars, and food trucks. This fair gives a platform to amateur bakers, home chefs, and aspiring restaurateurs to showcase their skill and taste. The feast hosts stand-up comedy, flamethrowers, live music, and dance performances.


Place –Karle Infra Cricket GroundBangalore


Month – April



13. Goa Food and Culture Festival


Goa Food and Culture Festival is an initiative of Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) to introduce the taste of ethnic dishes, prolific heritage, and folk tradition to the world. The feast installs 70 stalls serving traditional Goan cuisines that showcase Goa has more taste than rice and fish curry. Go Goa to experience the best food and culture at this festival.


Place – DB Bandodkar grounds, Panji    


Month – April



14. Foodistan, 10 Heads Festival


Foodistan is the part of 10 heads festival that drives the concept of the perfect family outing and provides amazing foods, music, and culture to drink, shop, party, and have fun. Foodistan brings top restaurants to Chandni Chowk Street vendors in one place. Retreat your family and friends at Foodistan with popular foods and a lifetime experience.


Place – Delhi


Month – October



15. Palate Fete


Delhites’ much-loved food and music fest, organized for three days at Nehru Park in February, brings together top restaurants, food stalls, and some embassy kitchens from all parts of Delhi, which serve delicious cuisines, fun, and entertainment. Apart from this Festival, Delhites also organizes Palate Fest Mini, a smaller version of Plate Fate.


Place – Nehru Park, Delhi


Month – February


What Is the Importance of Food Festivals?


Food festivals are a way to celebrate the importance of cultural foods and cuisines through events. It lets you explore the taste of various regional cuisines in just one place. Besides having cultural significance, food feast also allow them to conduct market research and generate new dish ideas.


Should I Visit a Food Festival?


Yes, you should visit a food festival to know about the cultural importance of the food. Food is not just an edible thing. It has a more important role in defining how society lives, produces and survives. Explore foods of the world to know people better.


Becoming part of one or more of these festivals would be a lifetime memory. So, what are you waiting for? Take a train to visit the upcoming Indian Food Festivals and don’t forget to order food in train from RailRestro e-catering App. Celebrate your train journey with popular regional cuisines from the most loved e-caterer in India, the RailRestro.


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Author: Sakshi Kumari