Saras Food Festival: How A 17-Day Culinary Extravaganza Celebrates Women’s Entrepreneurship

by Tejashee Kashyap
Saras Food Festival: How A 17-Day Culinary Extravaganza Celebrates Women’s Entrepreneurship

Delhi is known for its rich cultural heritage, diverse traditions, and, of course, its delectable cuisine. One of the most anticipated events in the city that captures the essence of its culinary diversity and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of women is the Saras Food Festival. From December 1 to December 17, 2023, the Union Ministry of Rural Development will hold the Saras Food Festival at Handicraft Bhawan, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place. Participating in this event are up to 150 female self-help group members and entrepreneurs from 21 different states around the nation.

What Is Saras Food Festival?

 

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Participating in this event are up to 150 female self-help group members and entrepreneurs from 21 different states around the nation. By showcasing women as business owners and members of self-help organisations established under the Ministry’s “National Rural Livelihoods Mission,” the 17-day event seeks to significantly empower women.

The Saras food festival is a fusion of traditional recipes, indigenous cuisines, cultures, and flavours that features a wide range of specialties and cuisines from over 21 states. It also highlights the talents of over 150 women entrepreneurs. There’s support from self-help groups (SHGs) powered by Aajeevika – National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

The Saras Aajeevika festivals (melas) in Delhi are held in different years to honour Indian handicrafts, handlooms, local talent, and delicacies. Handicrafts, Pashmina, and Aari work needlework from Jammu and Kashmir are displayed at a separate pavilion during this festival edition. The state’s dry fruits, Kashmiri Kahwa tea with saffron, and the customary Namak ki chai, or afternoon tea, are a few of the local delights that are offered here. The food festival has gained immense popularity for its unique blend of traditional and contemporary flavours.

The food festival showcases women’s natural entrepreneurial abilities and encourages rural food entrepreneurship around the nation. Among the many delicious dishes to savour from across the nation are special chai and litti chokha from Bihar, gatte ki sabzi from Rajasthan, seasonal makke ki roti, and sarson ka saag with gur from Punjab. They also have Kashmiri kahwa tea and namak ki chai or noon chai, tea from Assam, and black rice kheer. Additional booths featuring handicrafts include Madurkathi mat works from West Bengal, Channapatna toys from Karnataka, and Khurja, ceramic works from Uttar Pradesh.

A tiny stage for performances adds to the festival’s celebratory atmosphere, which draws large crowds, particularly in the evening. Attendees of the festival are eager to discover how various cuisines from various states are prepared.

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What sets the Saras Food Festival apart is its emphasis on promoting women’s entrepreneurship in the food industry. The festival provides a platform for women to showcase their culinary skills, from traditional home-cooked recipes passed down through generations to innovative and contemporary dishes that reflect a fusion of traditional and modern influences.

The economic impact extends beyond the festival dates, as successful entrepreneurs often find increased demand for their products in the aftermath of the event. By showcasing these traditional dishes, the festival becomes a living museum of India’s culinary history as well.

As the festival continues to grow in popularity, it not only provides a unique gastronomic experience. It also catalyses positive change, breaking barriers and fostering a more inclusive and empowered society.

When: Till 17 Dec
Where: Baba Kharak Singh Rd, New Delhi, Delhi

Cover image credits: Instagram/Saras Food Festival 2023