By Gazala Anver
Who wouldn’t attend a food festival, for two consecutive days even?
A few considerations for the organizers though, first, its a lovely idea having it outside, the first day was pretty clear, and the place looked lovely and charming but day two? Not so much. A back up plan would always help; we people like to be spaced out while eating, not cramped under tents or half soaked for that matter.
Second, I felt it was a little overpriced. People come to enjoy the food, not raise their eyebrows at the exorbitant prices at a few places. What’s the point if only a select few can afford it? And even after forking out a few thousands, your left feeling a little bummed out at the end of the day, for not getting your moneys worth, when the food doesn’t turn out to be half as good as they made it sound.
But if I have all these complains, why did I attend two days of the fest you may ask? One word: Thriloka. Yeah, I went for the entertainment on day two and that too, because of the rain, I couldn’t have the food and the fun at the same time. Shucks really.
But the good thing was that a few places really made it worth going. Twice over. Mango Tree I felt was at its best, even though the pani poori in my opinion was way overpriced. And so was the Jalebi. But what I loved was the fact that I had a choice between 16 restaurants, excluding Elephant House, and some of the food did look a bit exotic, while a few other places looked as though you went to a Muslim aunties house. Nothing much there.
Here’s the thing though, they should have festivals like this more often. Only a select crowd could attend this and while there wasn’t the usual rowdy, charter crowd problem I have, I mean I could walk around in peace without being annoyed by some witless idiot or two, the festival feeling was a little damp. Maybe it was the rain, but the idea is golden. A few more fests like this, and I think Colombo will be a better place to live in. No really.
Oh and I would like to mention the children’s entertainment too. I had no idea Dora the Explorer was a character from the Adams Family. If I was startled by that ghastly looking Dora, imagine the kids. :-/