After a massive success last year, Karen Anand brought Farmer’s Market back to Calcutta only for all the stalls to get sold out hours before closing time. Originally started in Pune, Farmer’s market is held annually in various parts of the country to celebrate food, organic living, healthy beverages and exotic food produce that are not easily accessible. It got too hot to stand for long but the live food counters selling such beautiful products, ingredients and sample food for tasting kept the spirits high and the energy did not die down before 7 pm.
he open area in Taj Bengal above the Crystal room was the ideal scenario for any food enthusiast. The open sky was concealed with strips of colourful canopies and underneath was a layout of well organised stalls and tables. The live cooking demonstration was right up in front and around it were separate areas for dessert tent, upcoming and veteran caterers who take pride in using the best ingredients and flavours. Karen Anand had brought her collection of dips and sauces which was the first to get sold out. By 2 pm disheartened shoppers were going back missing out on the best-sellers Arrabbiata sauce, Singapore Schezwan sauce and Mustard which is a huge hit in Bengal especially. However the highlight of the event was Burrata Station.
BlabberCat purred for:
1. Burrata Cheese: The Burrata Cheese is slightly different than what we eat in india. the texture is creamy and it’s much healthier.
2. Tea pops: The most hot-selling item this time were naturally flavoured ice-lollies made from tea and berries.
3. Melete:Bite size gooey brownies and sugarless cookies made me revisit the stall three times. Think beyond cakes as these sweet nothings include blondies and bars, pies and tarts and even savoury pizza cups are the modern tea party’s ideal menu. (www.melete.co.in)
4. Cold press juices: Everyone in Calcutta is talking about these juices. The juices are prepared manually through the process of natural pressing instead of blades that end up taing away the nutritional value. Available in many varieties, they have a juice for every metro city problem.
5. Disposable wine chillers:: A lot of winter picnics coming up and these wine chillers were all sold out.
The prettiest looking table as usual had to be Beej Organics and Kasaya. Beej’s organic honey and Kasaya’s roll on answers to everyday problems is something you must check out if you haven’t already. Cheese platters Eatout and disposable wine chillers Sula were on our shopping list. Karen Anand was delighted with the response doubling from last year and can’t wait to bring more varieties of food happiness under one roof.