Down culinary lane

The premises of the Maharashtra State Institute Of Hotel Management and Catering Technology came alive as the city’s premier catering institute celebrated its annual food festival Street-O-Mania last week.

Written by Shalini Rai | Published:March 14, 2009 3:58 am

The annual festival of the Maharashtra State Institute Of Hotel Management and Catering Technology provided an ideal opportunity for foodies to take to the streets,literally

The premises of the Maharashtra State Institute Of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (MSIHMCT) came alive as the city’s premier catering institute celebrated its annual food festival Street-O-Mania last week. Every year,students of the college organise a food festival based on a particular theme,making it unique in its own way,and leaving an everlasting impression in the minds of several Punekars who attend it year after year.

This time round,the theme was international street food from across the globe,including regions such as South-east Asia,India,the Middle East,Europe,US and Mexico. “Our menu incorporated popular street food from these regions,which was prepared and presented by students of the college. We also had a mocktail bar named No Entry,which served drinks picked from these streets,” informed Anita Moodliar,senior lecturer,MSIHMCT.

From lamp posts painted in gay street colours,traffic cops patrolling the streets to students (one of them named Rambharose) dressed as chaat and chana-jor vendors,Street-O-Mania was a fun-filled outing for many a Puneite. “We hoped that the turnout would be good but did not expect such an encouraging response. We managed to sell nearly all the tickets on both days of the festival,” revealed Moodliar.

Guests at the festival whetted their appetite with street food from across the globe. There was the choice of a Korean barbeque,a Mongolian food bar,corn dogs and hush puppies from the US,and nachos and fajitas from Mexico. “From India,we had the Kebab Galli and the famous Delhi chaats. Also,to add to the live experience of street life,we had included a mocktail bar,which served signature mocktails with an unmatched flair,” informed Amrita Advani,student and member of the organising committee of the food festival.

Though the food was delicious and finger-licking good,the ambience complemented it to the ‘t’ and made the experience more memorable. “The decoration was done keeping in mind different streets across the world in their true form and also incorporated the traditions and culture of the countries depicted. The entertainment included traditional dances,a fire flair show at the bar and students dressed as tour guides escorting guests to different streets and providing information about the culture and traditions of these regions,” said Advani.

“More than 1200 people,including families of students,hoteliers and alumni,attended the food festival in the span of two days and experienced this gourmet extravaganza,” added Moodliar. In the course of the food festival,alumni of the MSIHMCT also constructed a record-breaking croquembouche pyramid,which is expected to find a place in the Limca Book of World Records next year.

For all the latest Cities News, download Indian Express App

    Live Cricket Scores & Results