fbpx
Saturday, March 6, 2021

A taste of India

The annual Indian Festival at Queen Victoria Market is much more than foodie delights

Reading Time: 3 minutesFor the second year in a row, Foodie Trails brought to us the Indian Festival at the Queen Victoria Market, filled with colour, music and as always, some pretty amazing food.
Food.Indian Link
As you walked into the market you could hear a tune in the air, a call to you if you will, guiding you through the market to where the fun was… and that’s when the aroma hit. With those wonderful smells of masalas and chai, Queen Victoria Market – or a section of it – transformed itself into Delhi’s iconic Chandni Chowk.
All around were sights you would walk past on a regular Indian street, right down to the pani puri stall in the corner.
Food.Indian Link
But this was Melbourne, and the food trucks were waiting. From just an entrée to a full blown meal to a bit of kulfi on your cheat day, this event had it all.
And then chai… oh, how the chai was enjoyed, given the cold and wet weather!
This year the weekend-long festival – part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – was bigger, attracting some better-known food names. Two Fat Indians, Babaji’s Kitchen and Kailasa were there, as was the Original Chai Co and new kid on the block Chuana.
Food.Indian Link
A surprise drop in was Chef Saransh Goila of Mumbai, known as the “world’s best butter chicken chef”, brought out to Australia by MasterChef celebrity George Calombaris to open a pop up.
All of these elements made the VIP Foodie Experience a must-try, with its special tasting menu and designated service area.
The VIPs, they came too: Rakesh Malhotra, Acting Consul General of India (Melbourne) agreed to inaugurate the event, and the City of Melbourne, event supporter, deputed Councillor Beverley Pinder to attend as well.
The footfall at the weekend-long Festival left organiser Himanshi Munshaw-Luhar pretty pleased.

Himanshi Munshaw-Luhar
Himanshi Munshaw-Luhar (left)

“It was a weekend that was dominated by Cultural Diversity Week events. Victoria’s Multicultural Festival was on at Federation Square, as was the Dandenong World Fare, and of course, the Grand Prix was a major event city-wide,” she told Indian Link. “And to top it off, the first of the two days saw bad weather! But in the spirit of the festival all the vendors stayed put, in the cold and the wet!”
No Indian festival, even one dedicated to food, is complete without other moods of India, namely the music and dance, and the bling and the glare.
Himanshi Munshaw-Luhar
Community favourites Naach Box delighted with their dance moves as the eager crowds joined in the jhataks and mataks. Raanjhe Bhangra’s rambunctious folk beats lifted the spirits like only they can, and the melodic sounds of The Fifths reached out to the desis with their versions of all-time classic hits.
Dress-up opportunities, henna, kidzone, cooking classes, all added to the appeal.
And the sari-clad stilt walkers? Yes, they were definitely the first ever in the country!
Food.Indian Link
What started off as a cherished dream for Himanshi Munshaw-Luhar, looks set to be an annual event today.
Plans are afoot already for next year, Himashi reveals – and the date is set for Diwali, India’s very own “silly season” in which food takes centrestage. The sweet sensations of Diwali: coming to the Queen Vic in 2019!
With Rajni Anand Luthra

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Podcasts

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

0
Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

0
To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

0
  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Latest News

Guess The Song rj ekta

LISTEN: Will you be the one to correctly guess this tune?

0
  Are you good with guessing tunes? Keen ear for rhythm and beats? RJ Ekta might've been able to stump you with this one. She recently...
Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah twitter thread

Women, what would you tell your school age self?

0
  Ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, Monash University's Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah was asked to speak at a girl's school. The inspiring academic,...
women empowerment

WATCH: Hindi poem about women empowerment

0
  Ever have those days where nothing is going your way? You feel demotivated and wonder, "what's the point?". The last couple of weeks in Australia...
march 2021 shows and movies

Indian shows and movies to watch in March 2021

0
  Bombay Begums (Netflix) After the award-winning Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016), director Alankrita Shrivastava is back with another empowering series about women. Set in urban...

Japanese billionaire seeks eight artists for free Moon ride

0
  Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight people to join him for a free ride to the Moon on a SpaceX Starship rocket sometime...