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About two years ago, Chaitanya Mathur of BanginBeats, an online dance music portal, came up with the idea of ​​a food festival in a park. After attending countless similar festivals around the world, he felt that the vacuum in the capital had to be filled.

It was then that he came up with The Grub Fest. In its first edition, The Grub Fest, which opened on Friday, is the latest to join the capital’s plethora of food-centric festivals. “Last year I attended the Palate Fest at Nehru Park and it was a great experience for me as a foodie. It also suggested that people will flock to food parties. There is room for more than one gigantic food festival in Delhi, which in itself says so much about how the city has changed,” says the 26-year-old, who co-organized it with entrepreneurs Aman Kumar, Arjun Jain and Mani. Singh Chema. Spread across the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the festival features a huge lineup of food trucks and food pops from all over the city. So while you can devour some Daulat ki chaat from old Delhi, there are also pop-ups of new and popular restaurants like Smokey’s, NYC Pie and Town Hall.

“It’s about showcasing all kinds of cuisines, for every budget, including some old and legendary restaurants like United Coffee House,” says Mathur. A Ta Maison and PCO provide the bar at the location. In addition to food pop-ups, there are culinary workshops, music performances, a kids area and also a stand-up comedy act by Vir Das. Through Sunday, Mathur hopes to bring this festival to other cities like Mumbai by the end of the year.

From 12pm to 8pm at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The nearest metro station is JLN stadium. Entrance is free

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