Gujarat : Enjoy a Gastronomic Extravaganza in Ahmedabad at the Food for Thought Festival

Jagdish Vishwakarma, Minister of State for Co-operation, inaugurated the event in the presence of dignitaries like Ahmedabad West MP Dr. Kirit Solanki, Rajya Sabha MP Narhari Amin, and Ahmedabad Mayor Pratibha Jain. Maneesh Baheti, founder of SAAG, expressed his elation at holding India's premier luxury gastronomy event in Ahmedabad.


Ahmedabad : Ahmedabad welcomed the three-day Food for Thought Fest, an ode to South Asian cuisine, with the scent of exotic spices filling the air on Friday. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the South Asian Association for Gastronomy (SAAG) have teamed together to host a festival that will bring together different cultures and cuisines, allowing attendees to experience new tastes while engaging in thought-provoking discussions.

In the presence of luminaries such as Dr. Kirit Solanki, an MP from Ahmedabad West, Narhari Amin, an MP from the Rajya Sabha, and Pratibha Jain, the mayor of Ahmedabad, the event was opened by Jagdish Vishwakarma, the minister of state for cooperation. Ahmedabad hosted India’s preeminent luxury cuisine event, and SAAG founder Maneesh Baheti was overjoyed.

“This isn’t just a food festival,” Baheti proclaimed. It’s a one-of-a-kind venue for discussions about food, a showcase for different cuisines, and an ode to all things gastronomic. There will be a showcase of the extraordinary cooking abilities of master chefs from all across the Indian subcontinent. The people of Ahmedabad are cordially invited to partake in the delectable cuisines of South Asia.

Padma Shri Dr. Pushpesh Pant, Rohini Rana of Nepal, Chef Rajith Abeysekara of Sri Lanka, and Nahid Osman of Bangladesh were among the distinguished guests in an interesting panel discussion that kicked off the first day. After that, there was an interesting session called “Conservation of Royal Culinary Heritage,” where Anshu Khanna from Kitchen of the Kings spoke with members of the royal families of Balasinor, Chota Udepur, Nepal, and Chhatari.

The Food for Thought Fest, which takes place from March 8th to the 10th, is a multi-faceted event that features the Food Fest, the Thought Fest, and the Fun Fest. Talks, cooking demos, food booths, bazaars, and live entertainment will take participants on a gastronomic journey around South Asia.

The “A Taste of Luxury” area showcases the best foods made by famous hotels for those who want to dine in style. “The Regional Flavour” also features carefully selected street vendors selling regional specialties.

Three distinct tents showcasing cuisine are also part of the event. There is a regal Pavilion that showcases regal cuisine, and a Spiritual Pavilion that offers dishes that are served as Bhog at the Jagannath Temple in Puri and the Radha Raman Temple in Vrindavan. At the Wellness Pavilion, celebrity chef Gautam Mehrishi prepares Ayurvedic-inspired contemporary Indian cuisine for health-conscious diners.

The Coffee Pavilion by Sutra Coffee is a must-visit for coffee lovers. It provides an interactive experience that follows the coffee bean from its origins to its final cup.

Renowned chefs gave culinary seminars on the first day, adding to the excitement of participants. The audience was captivated by the culinary prowess of celebrity chef Suvir Saran, ITC Hotels’ Manisha Bhasin, and British restaurateur Asma Khan, who was born in India.

The day also saw the release of “108 Recipes from Nepal,” the newest cookbook by Rohini Rana, and a spellbinding performance of Shiv Tandav by Govind Mahato, a renowned Chhau artist. The first day came to an end with a mesmerising performance by the world-renowned Sufi musician Farhan Sabri.