There's something about mountain air. Being urban-bred, I've always found that being in the mountains gives me more zeal and a sense of being in a happier space. I sleep better and interestingly, I think, I eat a lot better too. If you enjoy sumptuous food coupled with long walks on pretty trails to rid you of your guilt, along with friendly banter, music, stories, great company and a lot of warmth thrown in, then this festival in Uttarakhand may be the perfect reason for you to head to the hills.
What is it?
Food Adda @Sonapani is an informal three- day get-together set in a scenic village in Uttarkhand. It promises access to interesting people, lively conversations, story-telling, and music.
What to expect?
Meet a multi talented writer/columnist, a photographer and a railway officer who come together bound by their passion for food. Gouri Dange, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, with 6 published books is a keen and experimental cook. For the Sonapani festival, she will do a dramatized reading of her short story 'Patali Pannacotta', set in a palm-gur making village and in the Vishwa Bharati University at Shanti Niketan. The dessert will also be served at this time. Her second reading is an excerpt from her novel 'Three-Dog Night' featuring the Gujarati dish, Daal-Dhokli, which will also be served.
Tasneem Kausar who works with the Central Government in Delhi, learnt to cook from her mother. She will cook up a feast of traditional Lucknowi dishes using secret family recipes and will also present songs for different occasions that she learnt from women in her household. Javed Sultan, a self-taught photographer, whose work has been published in leading Indian and international publications, will bring to the table delicacies from his hometown in Bijnore (Western Uttar Pradesh). The dishes will be cooked live and the author/chefs will let you join in to be a part of their culinary stories.