If there is one thing that shows the diversity of Karachi, it is the food this city offers. This weekend, you can find everything from chappli kebabs and paratha rolls to churros and ravioli at the Karachi Eat Festival at Frere Hall.
The three-day festival that started on Friday evening is offering food stalls by the city’s own restaurants. There will be face painting, shirt printing and photo booths as well. “We’re giving people some spice to their photographs that is why we have two photo booths,” said Cyra Anklesaria, one of the organisers. The festival opens at 11am today and tomorrow and will continue till 11pm on both days.
A radio station, FM91, has set up a colourful rickshaw to serve as a photo prop and let people capture these moments, said its station manager Shahab Hashmi. “We want people to enjoy the feel of the food in the pictures that is why we designed the Frere Hall building for the background and made props of food,” explained Mutahir Mahmood of O’ Shoot Photography.
A volunteer said that when you enter the festival, be sure to look for a stall named ‘Karachi Taste’ where you will be able to get some guidance about the various stalls and get a chance to taste some of the food.
There will be more than 10 stalls of baked goods and the organisers are also planning a cake competition among the participants, every day after sunset. “The Karachi fudge company is giving you the opportunity to taste six different flavours of chocolate at their stall,” said the owner of the home-based company, Rasti Ahmed. “The best flavour is ‘chilli chocolate’, which I learnt to make in one year.”
The owner of Danish open sandwiches, Ruheena Malik said their sandwiches are made of organic bread. “Most people in Karachi like spicy kebabs and barbeque but there are some people who love light food and we are here for them,” she said.
The festival is offering foodies live music as well. A musical band, named ‘Lennys’, will be performing every day after sunset till 11pm. “Other people are also free to perform. If they want to sing a song, the stage is free for them,” said Omar Omari, one of the organisers.
What to look out for:
Turkish kofta at Okra
Hogalicious and Honky style fries at Hoagies
NA-250 bun kebabs at T2F
Corn dogs, hot chocolate and churros at Pane and Amore
Homemade ravioli at The Deli
Nutella crepes at Pantry
Wings and oriental stir fries at Simple Dimple
Hot chocolate and churros at Churros & Chocolate
Nimbu pani and Afghan delicacies at Alishba Yousuf’s stall
Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2015.