As the air becomes crisp and the aroma of festive delicacies fills the atmosphere, India transforms into a culinary haven during November and December. Celebrate the Christmas cheer with a gastronomic journey at some of the most vibrant and diverse food festivals across the country.
Here are five food festivals that promise to tantalise your taste buds and immerse you in the joyous spirit of the season.
Calicut Food Festival
Mysouth Restaurant, a favoured destination for authentic South Indian cuisine, is announcing “Calicut Calling,” a 10-day culinary extravaganza highlighting the rich and diverse flavours of the Malabar region. Master Chef Mithun, a renowned culinary expert from Kerala with a background in prestigious hotels and restaurants across India and abroad, has curated a special menu for the festival.
Date: November 17–26
Venue: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Mysuru
Kolkata Christmas Festival
Known for its love of food and festivals, Kolkata hosts the Kolkata Christmas Festival, a delightful celebration that combines the city’s cultural richness with the joy of Christmas.
Allen Park Festival December 24, 2023–January 1, 2024
Park Street Festival December 26–31, 2023
Venue: Park Street and Allen Park
Kashmiri Food Pop-Up At Diya
Renowned for its opulence and commitment to excellence, The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences is currently hosting a ‘Kashmiri food pop-up’ at its signature Indian restaurant, Diya. Collaborating with Chef Rajni, Diya brings an immersive culinary experience featuring the depth and richness of Kashmiri Pandit Cuisine for over two weeks.
Date: November 17–26
Venue: The Leela Ambience, Gurugram
Konnichiwa Festival, Pune
This year’s Konnichiwa festival promises a myriad of attractions, offering a glimpse into Japanese pop culture through anime and cosplay, an enchanting exploration of Japanese cuisines.
Date: November 25–26
Venue: Phoenix Mall, Viman Nagar at Liberty Square
A Greek Harmony Of Flavours at The Pavillion
Leading this culinary showcase is Vasilis Bekas, the Executive Chef of the Presidency of Greece and the acclaimed Best Chef of Europe for 2022. Alongside his team, Chefs Christina Tzanoulinou and Vassiliki Beka are set to tantalise palates with the fascinating tastes of Greece.
Date: November 19–25. Dinner Buffet, 7–11.30 pm.
Venue: The Pavilion at ITC Maurya, Delhi