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Food in right spirit!

The 2nd India Food and Wine Show held in New Delhi provided an opportunity to savour the business of eating in more ways than one. A rich gastronomic experience, says SUMITRA SENAPATY.


WHAT WILL be served on tomorrow's dining tables - if we still have them? Will kitchens become obsolete? New world wines? Why are we so obsessed with body image? Are fast food manufacturers stuffing us? Never before has there been so much emphasis on what we eat and drink. People are lapping up newspaper and magazine articles. Books about food, wine and beer are being devoured on a never before scale. Cookery shows with celebrity chefs are getting increasingly popular to ever-growing audiences. To satisfy today's demands for more information on the pleasures of the palate, Lotus Exhibitions together with Italy's Veronafiere organised the 2nd India Food and Wine Show, this past week at New Delhi's Taj Palace Hotel. Besides India, the key exhibitors who showcased fine foods, wines, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included Italy, France and Australia. Foodies, wine enthusiasts, chefs, restaurateurs and critics were garnered to look at and sample a wide range of gastronomic delicacies.

The three-day event covered a whole host of things ranging from cigar humidifiers, wine cabinets, wine or soft drink instant chillers, to olives and olive oils, pastas, cheese, salad dressings, jams and preserves, even ice cream mixes and cake dressings. Seventy-three exhibitors from across 14 countries showcased products and services. They seemed poised to answer every need a restaurateur or a chef could ever have. A major component of the Food and Wine Show was the presentation and tasting sessions of the Verona Chamber of Commerce - Granny Smith apples, extra virgin olive oil, typical mountain cheese, the characteristic Pandoro cake and ice creams, tortellini, ravioli, gnocchi and other Italian food specialties, which can now be served fresh on dining tables all over the world, thanks to innovative technologies.

Throughout the show guests enjoyed an outstanding selection of vintage wines, flown in for this event. Global wine majors, especially from Europe and Australia, as well as home-grown winemakers, seemed to be eyeing what they consider to be a burgeoning market in India. Some exclusive selections that featured were the Sula wines from Nashik, situated 120 miles from Mumbai, Australian Chardonnay from Hunter Valley and Margaret River, Italian wines from Masi in Verona, French, Californian and South African wines.


Although the Food and Wine Show was primarily meant for promoting trade, a number of manufactures took this opportunity to showcase new products that are to be launched in Delhi and other metros within the next couple of months. Paris-based Sud Olives is going all out by launching a full range of products - Pitted Green Olives with Hot Pepper, Cocktail

Mexican Olives, Sun Dried Black Olives, Natural Black Olives, Stuffed Olives, Kalamata Olives, Harissa Paste, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Preserved Lemons and more. Mumbai based Dinesh Purohit is gung-ho about promoting Indian made Peanut Butter. Savory is the brand name, and he hopes to encourage children and youth to take on a healthy habit - peanut butter as opposed to plain

butter with little or no nutritional value. All in all, it was a grand Food and Wine Show that kept up the spirits, providing not only business opportunities, but a rich gastronomic experience.

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