Its the same time of the year once again. Mouth watering delicacies from 25 states will be served up by street food vendors to kickstart Christmas and the New Year celebrations in the city. If you are in Indian capital New Delhi this December don’t forget to keep aside an evening for some delightful street food from Delhi. Promoting, professionalizing and branding street foods in its own style, the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) is organising a grand Street Food Festival at the sprawling Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium complex in Delhi from 25 to 28 December.
This year’s theme is ‘food that empowers’
The sixth edition of the four-day National Street Food Festival has the theme- ‘Food that Empowers’. It will be a grand Assembly of 800 roadside chefs. These chefs have their kitchens on the wheels which keeps the cities on the move. This street food festival will have participation strictly limited to practicing food vendors, who through their culinary skill would demand implementation of Right to Livelihood. India has a rich culture of street food, with every region having its unique style and taste. The festival would witness a large number of food lovers thronging to the venue to savour delight of street foods from down south to up northern states and from far north east to central west provinces. Festival inaugurated by famous chef Sanjeev Kapoor will also see launch of a mobile app- ‘street sathi’.
Street food from all parts of country to be showcased
This chilly winter delight set to attract thousands of foodies across India over four days will have master street food vendors of different regions of India and other countries with their signature dishes having age old stamps of culinary tradition and culture. Not just a unique battle of tastes, the carnival will be an advocacy event with a difference wherein the executives and functionaries of tourism, food processing, health, labour and employment departments and boards, and representatives of culinary institutes, development agencies, media and academic institutions would join together to share, acknowledge and celebrate the potentials and the possibilities of street food vending sector.
A treasure of local culinary traditions
World today is witnessing a surge in street food preservation and professionalisation and the street food advocates and entrepreneurs across countries are finding out ways to create new possibilities for regeneration of the street cuisine culture. The concept of traditional street food has acquired new dimensions in developed countries, with food streets/ food centres emerging as new tourist attractions. It is often claimed that the street food prepared with safe handling of ingredients and water contain more nutritional values in comparison to the foods served in hotels and restaurants. The 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 all over the world. Many countries have realised that the street food entrepreneurship is vital for the economic planning and development of towns and cities.