buzzintown on December 19th, 2014

North-West-South-East, come to National Street Food Festival 2014 for the food feast.


800 smart street chefs from 25 states in India creating magic in 200 stalls – can there be a better experience for the epicureans of Delhi?



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Street vendors form an integral part of our urban history and culture. Keeping this fact in mind, National Association of Street Vendors of India – NASVI – announces National Street Food Festival their Intellectual Property to bridge the gap between the foodies in the capital city and the street food chefs who are popular in their cities across India.


When it comes to street food, there are two categories of those who love it – one who consumes it, because of money and taste factor and second category avoids eating because of the hygiene factor. Street food chefs got their best street food recipe and NASVI got hygiene, health and nutrition value to the food breaking the myth that street foods are not safe to eat.






NASVI started this Food festival in 2009 and opened for public in 2011 and this year it is the 4th Food Festival where people in Delhi are going to relish hygienic street food at reasonable price.


It is a complete festival in itself with presence of known personalities, celebrity chefs, musical performers, contests, and kids’ activities. Here people can meet some of the street chefs who are famous abroad also because of their street food. An open conference ‘Street Food Dialogue’ discussing everything about street food will also take place during the festival period.






Ministry of Tourism has announced ‘Food Safety Awareness Programme for street food vendors’ to train them on hygiene and nutrition and to start with 7 centres of Institute of Hotel Management will impart the training with zero course fees.







Avoid the mile-long line, buy tickets online. is the exclusive partner for making the tickets available online. Save yourself from the hassle of standing in the queue to buy entry tickets and food coupons. Tickets are available for both – General entry and Express entry, and food coupons are available in the denominations of Rs 50 and Rs 100.


National Street Food Festival – 2014

Date : December – 25 to  28

Timing : 12 noon – 10 pm

Address : Bhisma Pitamah Road, Lodhi Road, Delhi- 110003

Entry Gate # 14: Tickets only

General Entry : INR 50 Per Person

Express Entry : INR 100 Per Person

Ticket Availability: Offline – at the entry counter

Online – Buy tickets here.

Food Coupon : Rs 50 &  Rs 100

Offline - at the entry counter

Online –  Delhi street Food Festival Tickets here

Nearest Metro : Violet Line – JLN Stadium

Exit – Gate No. 3

Come and enjoy the taste of streets of India in the heart of the country!!!

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Pondicherry is one of the most popular Christmas destinations in India as Christmas is celebrated with traditional rituals and merry-making because of the Christians with French lineage. For the French influence it is also called India’s little France and it can be seen even today.


The churches which are beautifully decorated for the Christmas season offer midnight mass making the whole town gather at these churches. Weather is pleasant during end of the year and the Christmas look makes the city appear more serene and beautiful.






Pondicherry is officially known as Puducherry since 2006 and in short people also call it Pondy. Historically, Pondicherry was home to the Colonial Powers – Portuguese, the Dutch, British and the French. On the French side of the city, the French language is spoken heavily.


The city’s tranquil feel, incredible beaches, startling marine life, traditional Churches, and the zeal of festivities make the Christmas celebration a grand one.


Places to Shop during Christmas

Visiting Pondicherry especially during Christmas gives a feeling of tranquillity and shopping for gifts and souvenirs gives a feeling of satisfaction. One can find products made from papier-mache, terracotta, bronze, ceramics, leather, and handmade paper. More products that that are must pick are – scented candles, hand-dyed fabrics, incense sticks, traditional handicrafts, natural-ingredients soaps, perfumes, books, organic products, jewellery, and fashion accessories.






Goubert Avenue : The Promenade Photo
S. V. Patel Salai : Habitart
St Gilles Street : Aurobindo Ashram
Auroville : Auroville
Cathedral Street : Casablanca
Nehru Street : Muthu Silk Plaza
Serenity Beach : Serenity Beach Bazaar (Weekend Market)
Mission St : Kalki
Nehru Street : La Boutique d’Auroville
Rue Surcouf : Kasha Ki Aasha
Surcouf Street : VIBERue François
Martin : Aurofurn
MG Road : Grand Bazaar
Mission Street : Hidesign



Places to say Christmas Prayers

Explore yourself in the centuries old tranquil Churches. The structure and architecture of many churches give a French feel as many of them were built by the French.





Mission Street - Immaculate Conception Cathedral
M.G. Road Area - Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
South Boulevards - Eglise de Sacre Coeur de Jesus Church
Near Government Park - Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee Church
Rue Dumas - The Church of Our Lady of Angels
Nellithoppu - Church of the Assumption
Villiyanur - The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
Ariyankuppam - Church of Our Lady of Good Health


Place to Eat in Pondy during Christmas

For some tantalizing cuisine in this city of spectacular colonial buildings.




MG Road - Cafe Xtasi
White Town - Sea Gulls Restaurant
Suffren Street – Villa Shanti
Heritage Town - La Pasta World – Ethnic Italian Restaurant
White Town - Le Dupleix
MG Road - Baker Street
White Town - The Restaurant
White Town - Le Club
Heritage Town - Surguru
Mudaliarpet - Asta The Spirited Lounge
White Town - LB2 Lounge
Goubert Ave - Le Café
Mission Street -
Nehru Street - The Hidesign Café
White Town - Lighthouse (The Promenade Hotel)


Christmas Vacations in Pondicherry all about food, shopping, prayers…



You can check hot & happening Christmas and New Year parties in your town here.


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Merry Christmas

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Roasted duck is great any time especially during Christmas when one is expecting family gatherings goes beyond saying…OR roasting a duck on a chilly lazy Sunday afternoon can be whole lot of fun.


How to roast a whole duck in the oven query must be running on top of your mind…What say, are you game to try out a new roasted duck recipe?


We bring you a delicious and easy to do Roasted Duck in Sichuan Sauce recipe by Chef Bakshi from BBQ Nation, Bangalore.



Dark Soy sauce             4 tsp
Refined oil                     100 ml
Red chilli paste             100 gms
Ginger Chopped           4 tbsp




Garlic Chopped                                    4 tbsp
Aromatic seasoning (knorr)              4 tsp
Duck, medium size approx.               1 kg

Mixed fresh herbs and vegetables as per your choice.


Roasted Duck Cooking Method

Step 1:

Take a round bottomed bowl and add the soya sauce, red chilli paste and Aromatic seasoning powder.


Step 2:

Add in the ginger and garlic and vegetable oil.


Step 3:

Whisk lightly set aside.



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Step 4:

With a sharp edge knife poke the duck from inside, so that the meat absorbs the marinate.


Step 5:

Let the duck marinate for 2 hours. In a medium sized baking tray sprinkle some oil and arrange fine bedding of your favorite vegetables and herbs.


Step 6:

Place the duck breast on the vegetable bedding keeping the legs vertical.


Step 7:

Roast the duck in a moderate hot oven 160 dc for 35 to 40 mins.


Step 8 and the most important… :D

Serve hot.


Have you tried leftover duck on a biscuit? No? Do experiment and let us know your experiences in the comments section below.


Roast Duck Cooking time: 45 mins,

Preparation time : 20 mins,

Marinating time: 2 hrs

Portion size: 6 members




About Chef Vijay Anand Bakshi:


Chef Vijay Bakshi


• Born in February, a Piscean by birth – Very Creative!

• Has been a chef for last 23 yrs. ( since 1991)

• Started career with the Oberoi Hotels, Taj Group of hotels in Chennai and Bangalore (8 yrs.)

• Worked on the luxury Cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, England for 4 yrs. and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Miami, Florida – 2 yrs.

• Worked for a chain of restaurants Casa Piccola (Euro Restaurants –Bangalore) as an Executive Chef in their flag ship Mediterranean restaurant -Casa Del Sol (a fine dining Mediterranean restaurant), Bangalore for 3 yrs.

• Worked with the Marriott hotels to open the first Fairfield hotel by Marriott in Asia.

• While working on the cruise liner, circum-navigated the globe 3 times.

• Lucky to have visited 58 countries while working on the cruise ships.

• Favorite Cuisine – French!

• Worked with the best ingredients on the cruise ship ( cheese / cold cuts / fruits / veggies / herbs /  meats / wines / fish and seafood )

• Have been featured on in cookery shows for NDTV Metro Nation , NDTV Good Times & Zee Business  ( Great Chefs of India)

• Conducted 8 cookery shows at various organizations. (Indian Navy / Ladies Clubs / institutes / Colleges / Expat Clubs etc.)

• The best being when he cooked for the mothers of the physically challenged children towards a charity cause.


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Now he is with Barbeque Nation as Business Head & Executive Chef since February 2014.



About Barbeque Nation:

Barbeque Nation, a popular dining restaurant chains in India, is known for its spacious and exquisite interiors and warm, lively ambiance – all to give a beautiful dining experience to the customers. So far as the cuisines served at the eating outlets are concerned, the restaurants have a vast array of options for the customers to choose from. From Indian, American, Oriental and Mediterranean – Barbeque Nation serves it all and more, in both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian selections.


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Do try this roast duck recipe & let us know how it came out to be…



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