During all of Karen Anands travels abroad,her sightseeing itinerary was little different from the normal tourist spots. In London,her favourite haunt was the BADA market; in Paris,there were corner markets; and in Verona,the Piazza delle Erbe or the local herbs market. For the culinary expert,there was,of course,the charm of finding fresh produce directly from the local farms.
But what really appealed to her was the festival-like spirit that surrounded these markets. The market in London has music playing,there are restaurants and food demonstrations,samplings and other events, she says.
What I really wanted to bring back from my travels are the markets they have there. I want it to be a complete day out. In Verona,the Piazza delle Erbe is a lovely little market of herbs but apart from food,there were also souvenirs and other things. And around the market,there were several cafes so that you could finish your shopping with a cup of coffee, she recalls. So when Anand began organising the Pune Farmers Market,she had the same vision of a festive marketplace in her mind. This Sunday,the Farmers Market returns at The Westin,Koregaon Park.
The edition will not only have stalls that sell fresh produce and kitchen equipment,but will also offer wines,cosmetics and baked items. Most of the products have been sourced from local farms.
Apart from the stalls,the market will have two additions this time: a theatre for food discussions and demonstrations,as well as six pop-up restaurants from across the city. The restaurants will offer a variety of cuisine,ranging from Lebanese to Mediterranean to South Indian.
At the theatre,there will be wine and coffee appreciation talks,a kebab-making demonstration by celebrity chef Ajay Chopra,and sushi and vegan demonstrations. There will also be a makeover session where Bharti Malani will explain how natural cosmetics can help to achieve the perfect glow. There will be tables where home cooks or amateurs can try and see whether their recipes work, she says.
The market will be held at the covered lawns at The Westin on Sunday,10 am to 8 pm. Theatre events will begin at 12 pm