For food lovers, by food lovers
In Bengaluru, there is always room for good food. The city, which sees food fairs infrequently, will now get to be part of a unique culinary exercise that celebrates home-grown labels. Conceptualized by food curators Insia Lacewalla and Paresh Chhabria of Small Fry Co., a Mumbai-based company involved in curating culinary experiences, Bangalore Local is an extended version of Bombay Local.
The first edition of the pop-up will see about 20 vendors who will pass around samplers and sell their food products. “We love the city for its underground music and art scene, and its cultural vibe. And after Mumbai, we couldn’t think of any other place to take our pop-up event next,” says Chhabria.
Bangalore Local aims to be part of this underground cultural scene. “We want to build a community of food lovers and creators in Bengaluru,” says Lacewalla.
The duo hopes to provide people involved in small food-related ventures a place to sell their products. “We enjoy working with these passionate food creators. We work with each one on their menu, their specialities and strengths,” says Lacewalla.
An all-day, Sunday affair, Bangalore Local won’t be just about food though. The restaurant Opus will set up a cocktail bar, and there will be home-accessory stalls and music.
As far as the food and beverages are concerned, there’s quite a bit on offer—fresh passion-fruit concentrate from Coorg by Bengaluru-based Pig Out, samplings of pastas and burritos and ready-to-make recipe kits of Italian, Mexican and Thai food by Mumbai-based Chef’s Basket, a range of
coffees produced by Bengaluru-based online artisan coffee seller Flying Squirrel, even a line of fresh, sparkling juices by Pune-based Good Juicery, and a mix of curious ice-cream blends by Hokey Pokey from Mumbai.
Two interesting additions to the list are organic milk from the Hyderabad-based farm Kiaro and the range of products from Samskara, which works with different communities across the country and distributes organic produce such as grains, tea, herbs and spices.
And in keeping with the spirit of Christmas, Goa-based tea sommelier Snigdha Manchanda is going to showcase and sell handcrafted, mulled spiced Christmas tea from her label Tea Trunk. These limited-edition tea boxes have been illustrated by the city-based artist Alicia Souza. And in addition to the cocktail bar, Opus will be setting up a live grill and barbecue section.
Bangalore Local will be held on 21 December, 1pm onwards, at Opus, Chakravarthy Layout, Palace Cross Road. Prices, Rs.100 onwards. Credit cards will not be accepted. For details, call 9844030198.