Downtown’s urban-centered festival, Life Is Beautiful, has named the man largely responsible for the purchase of Tony Hsieh’s llama-shaped land acquisitions downtown as its chief executive officer.
Andrew Donner is founder and owner of Resort Gaming Group, which purchased the former Las Vegas City Hall then leased it to Zappos.com to become the online retail giant’s corporate headquarters.
Since then, he has also been responsible for the purchase of a large mass of land for Downtown Project, the $350 million private redevelopment venture of Hsieh, Zappos CEO, and other investors.
Also Monday, Life Is Beautiful announced Eve Cohen, the festival’s associate director in 2013, as its managing director.
Cohen’s experience with food and wine festivals includes 2014 director of operations of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and associate director, executive producer and grand tasting producer of the New York City Wine Food Festival.
In a press release, Life Is Beautiful founder Rehan Choudry said the two will be “perfect additions…essential to the festival’s growth.”
In the same release, Donner said he “could not be more thrilled,” calling the festival a “watershed moment for downtown Las Vegas.”
The festival brought together food, music, art and learning over two days to 15 blocks of downtown.
Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.
FOOD lovers will be able to experience two new festivals in Barton next year – following the last farmers’ market.
North Lincolnshire Council is set to trial two food festivals in Barton to replace the farmers’ market – one in the town centre and one on the Ropewalk Promenade.
The last market in Barton took place on December 14, which was a special Christmas market.
Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “After the two markets have been trialled, a decision will be made on which of the different locations will benefit the town the most.
“By holding a regular food festival in Barton, we can bring in new traders and offer much more choice to shoppers and encourage shoppers to buy from local businesses.
“We will try the two new locations and see which one works best and how it meets the needs of both local people and businesses and see which they prefer.”
At last month’s Barton Town Council meeting, Councillor Paul Vickers confirmed the monthly farmers’ market would end in December.
Mr Vickers said this would be reviewed again in 2015.
The Barton Tourism Partnership held a small food festival on Barton’s waterfront in September, which attracted around 3,000 people.
KUALA LUMPUR: Ken, a linguistic student from Japan had deliberately gone hungry to ensure he had a huge appetite while at the Kampung Baru pit stop of the 1Malaysia Street Food Festival.
He was so game to try local delicacies that the 24-year-old even tasted a durian shake. “The smell is quite strong but it tastes good,” he said.
Kampung Baru, popular for its authentic Malay cuisine, was packed with thousands of foodies feasting on the diverse local delicacies following the launch of the food festival yesterday.
Some 70 vendors offered mouth-watering local delights such as nasi lemak, grilled satay, nasi ulam (mixed rice), ikan bakar and bubur lambuk.
French tourist, Clement Chovin, 34, said he would definitely bring home good memories of the delicious food at the festival.
“The smell and taste of the food here is just amazing,” he said.
The fourth street food festival of its kind, it is being held concurrently in 13 states at 18 different locations.
The festival was also held at two separate venues featuring the three dominant ethnic groups – at Jalan Alor featuring Chinese food as well as the Little India in Brickfields for Indian food.
Organised by the Tourism and Culture Ministry in collaboration with the respective food and beverage and hawkers associations, the festival will take place throughout this month.
Siti Zahara Halim, 36, a housewife from Sarawak, said she was visiting her relatives and wanted to bring the whole family to try the nasi kerabu – a traditional Malay rice dish, in which blue-coloured rice is eaten with dried fish or fried chicken, crackers, pickles and other salads.
“We came to the peninsula over the weekend and I wanted to have the nasi kerabu. Although it is quite packed, but we do not mind queuing for good food,” she said.
Around 118 street food stalls from across the country and a footfall of 18,000 in the past two days defined Delhi’s third edition of Street Food Festival that began at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium grounds here on Friday.
Organised by the National Association for Street Vendors of India – NASVI – the fest is aimed at bringing food vendors together and influence policy makers to transform it into a secure sector.
The families, after paying Rs. 30 as entry fee and purchasing food coupons of Rs. 10 each, were seen thronging the stalls from Assam, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha, Punjab, Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and also Pakistan.
Among the most in demand were Bihar’s litti-chokha and Karachi’s mughal cuisine, which actually came from Darya Ganj in the Walled City of Delhi, said the cook quickly sticking rotis into the tandoor, “Six months ago, some Pakistani chefs had come to Delhi and they taught us their signature cuisines. We are selling extremely well.”
Pragya Joshi, a Delhi-based student from Lucknow, was at the tail end of long queue for litti-chokha, “In Delhi, we don’t get litti-chokha at most food corners. In Lucknow, I used to get it regularly, so I miss it in Delhi. So, I think it’s worth waiting for,’ she said.
Some sellers were seen busy making undue profits, for instance, one piece of jalebi for Rs. 20, and one small sweet bhajia from Odisha for Rs. 30, deterred many.
Not everything in the fest was hunkydory though. One noticed several empty stalls, especially from Lucknow and Chandigarh. Vikas Sexena, the cook from Lucknow was seen sitting alone guarding empty stalls.
“We didn’t get raw material on time on both days. When we got them at 12 a.m, the quantity was very less. The fest began around 2 p.m, and we finished our delicacies like mughal biryani, boti kabab with roomali roti and lehsun ki kheer by 3 p.m. It’s a big loss for us.” he moaned.
A butter chicken seller from Punjab echoed, “Since the raw material came late, I lost customers worth Rs. 20,000 as they went back without eating.”
Seeing this correspondent jotting down notes, a homemaker Pooja Sharma from Gurgaon queried, “Can you also write about the bad management please? See, just two mobile toilets for thousands of people. They are extremely dirty.”
She also complained about the absence of dustbins and food plates strewn everywhere, sticking to people’s feet.
“There are no paper tissues, so people are wiping their hands with table clothes, and leaving their used plates on them. There is no monitoring on such a mess.”
Students like Noirita, Deekhsha and Annaya are upset about non-refundable coupons if one couldn’t use it on a particular day. “Coupons don’t have date on them; still we can’t use them on the next day. Since the food is not good, we want to return them. Together we bought coupons worth Rs.600 and we are left with coupons worth Rs.300. We thought we would taste some real street chaat as the festival boasts of, but we are disappointed,” the trio says in consonance.
Mr. Arbind Singh, the Coordinator NASVI, admitted some major shortcomings spoiled some spirit of the festival, “We couldn’t bring stalls from Jammu and Kashmir and Udaipur for some reasons. We avoided the refund of coupons fearing duplicacy. Someone could print them and sell them back to us. But next year we will graduate to card swipe system, more hygienic spaces with better house-keeping arrangements.”
ticket of `30 and dishes ranging between `10 and `150, the fest is going to appeal to your taste buds without leaving a hole in your pocket.
The state with the most exorbitant menu will be our very own Delhi. Owing to the state’s diversity, on the Capital’s platter would be food originating from all around the country. It includes 22 different stalls and will boast of dishes like butter chicken and rumali roti, tawa seekh kebab, malai chaap, soyabeen chaap, tawa roti and korma, palak pulao, varietes of parathas and naan, spring rolls, fish pakora, chhole bhature, bhelpuri, batatapuri, golgappe, moong daal chilla, dahi papri, and paneer ka tikka.
This is the third edition of the festival being organised by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI). It is not just food, there would be several other activities at the fiesta including cultural programmes and competitions.
Talking about the fest Sangeeta Singh, head of street food program at NASVI, tells us, “Organising such a huge street food festival is in itself a unique and soul searching exercise. The festival would prove to be a myth breaker. It will dispel the misconception that street food is not hygienic and healthy. The food vendors would show how much fresh, hygienic and nutritious their food is. The festival will prove that street food vendors play a wonderful role in an urban setting and they just need support of authorities to avail infrastructure facilities, such as delivery of safe drinking water and proper sanitation.”
Catch it here What: National Street Food Festival When: December 20 to 22 Timings: 12pm to 10pm Entry: `30 Where: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Pragati Vihar Nearest Metro Station: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on the Violet Line
The minute somebody mentions Persian food, the first thought that comes to mind is succulent, steaming kebabs. That’s something that Iranian Chef Nasrin will hotly contest. She says that there many other different delicacies, especially vegetarian, that comprise a major part of Persian cuisine. That is reason enough for you to give the ‘Persian Perfection’ food festival at the Sheraton Park a shot.
Chef Nasrin, who has a cafe of her own, has been helming plenty of food festivals around the country. Although she has been based here for over thirty years, she is conducting a food festival in Chennai for the first time. Executive Chef Praveen Anand is all praise for her innovation, “She is a brilliant chef and she brings along and some interesting ingredients like somac for the barbeques,” he says.
One of the not-to-miss items is the Aash-e-Maast, a soup made of curd, rice and herbs. It is subtle, creamy and healthy. Another interesting item is the Shirin Polo, orange peel rice, which has a whiff of freshness attached to it.
Other highlights of the festival are the Jojeh Kebab, a chicken preparation, which elicits a strong aroma of butter and pepper much before it is put on the table; Bedmemjan, a tangy egg plant preparation; Morgh-e-Kahari, a royal chicken preparation with saffron and spices.
All the food served led to one straight fact — tasty food doesn’t always have to be spicy. The meal ended with an all-time favourite sweet dish — Phirni and the Iranian lemon tea which was fabulous.
If you do not want to miss the delectable Persian dishes, book a table in advance as the festival lasts till December 15. A meal for one without taxes costs `1350
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Mumbai’s road side spicy food makes its way to Hyderabad as part of the Mumbai Street Food Festival at Melange, Golkonda Hotel
There is one thing a Mumbaikar is always sure of and that is his chaat. Mumbai loves its chaat and those who are regulars on the streets will ferociously proclaim the virtues of their favourite chaat wala. Some would argue that the chutney is the magic ingredient; others would say it’s the crisp sev that makes all the difference, or the way the vegetables have been sliced, or the amount of chaat masala that has been used. I say, to each, his own.
Street food in Mumbai has gained a reputation and is considered the best in India.
The city is known for its street food specialties: the pav bhaji, the Bombay sandwich and of course the bhel puri. Sold by hawkers who can be found in every nook and cranny of the city, the food culture found here spans over cultures.
The Mumbai Street food festival is solely dedicated to the inexpensive street food of Mumbai. With varieties in chaat, kebabs, chowmein, and vada pav, the festival is on till September 29, 2013 at Melange.
With the amount of mouth-watering choices that are provided, your arteries will most definitely tighten at the sight, but your stomach will also thank you.
Start off your street food fare with a plate of steaming pav bhaji which is masala curry made from mashed, steamed vegetables paired with a soft, dripping-in-butter, pavs. Squeeze a little lemon and you are good to go.
If you are really hungry, try the Bombay sandwich next, which is a street side invention of a healthy snack. Buttered white bread filled with cooked beetroot, boiled potatoes, sliced cucumber, tomatoes, onion rings and a nice dollop of mint chutney. Tangy in taste, the sandwich is a meal in itself.
Next up is my all-time favourite, the tastiest cutlet in a bun – the vada pav. A spicy, mashed potato patty sandwiched between two well-buttered blocks of pav, it is probably every Mumbaikar’s grab-and-go snack. Be warned, you can never have just one.
So walk into Golkonda Hotel at Masab Tank with an empty stomach and return with a bellyful of stories.