As I stepped into the venue, the intoxicating
smells of chilli pork, hot chicken and pork momos greeted me. There was hardly
enough space to place my feet comfortably amidst the huge crowd that had
gathered at the Holy Ghost Church in Richard’s town, Bangalore. The charisma of
the venue aroused my senses. You may be questioning as to what the crowd was
all about. I think it’s right to quench your curiosity at least now. Yes, I was
at the bash called the Northeast Christmas Food Festival.
How could I have not jumped into this food
festival? The word food, in itself, was welcoming. Adding to it was the
geographical tag of the Northeast, the land I belong to. I just had to go and I
did, wrapped in a light green, yellow-bordered Naga Cotton Saree from Heeya
adorned with Assamese traditional jewellery. And I went in, all set to
The fest was not just a celebration of the
food of the Northeast bur also the culture and the brotherhood between the
states. Northeast comprises of seven sisters viz, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh,
Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram with each state having its
own culture and cuisine. This was a perfect forum where every state presented
their authenticate flavours.
Hovering around the mouth watering dishes in
the stalls were people from various parts of the country, and also foreigners.
The stalls offered both vegetarian as well as non- vegetarian dishes. The
dishes sold were priced between 50 and 250 rupees and it was absolutely filling
to say the least. Veg momos, Rice thali, Sel roti with Radish pickle and
Khimchi were few of the vegetarian choices. This was the perfect place for the
Non-vegetarians, I must say. Chilli chicken and Chilli pork were so tender and
juicy that it was hard for me to stop. The chilli flakes and the onion
garnishing brought an additive taste to the palate.
The rice and dry fish dish right from Tripura
kitchen rang all the bells in my heart and soul. The big fat pork momos and the
smooth noodles just slipped into my tongue as a frog slips its prey to its
To satisfy our urge of something spicy and
tangy, there was also home-made beef, pork and prawn pickles. I didn’t lose
this opportunity to pack a bunch of pickle bottles and sachets.
The festival also entertained people with
choirs, dances and folk songs from different parts of Northeast. Robert Naorem
a promising Fashion Designer from Manipur and author-journalist Gita Aravamudan
were invited as chief guests that evening and brought life to the show.
Desserts are omnipresent, be it any occasion.
I couldn’t have left not having treated myself to some delicious red velvet,
lemon cupcakes, mango pastries and Tiramisu.
North-eastern folks are not only famous for
their juicy lip smacking dishes but also for their dressing style. The
handlooms, jewellery were all laid out in the stalls to present to the lively
cheerful crowd. Nowadays, women are crazy for tribal jewellery as they go well
with ethnic and western wear. “Heeya” is one of the clothing stores that
promote sarees, tunics, tops, dupattas, home decors and even Tribal jewellery.
Jonali Saikia Khasnabish was personally displaying a wide range of items
primarily from Assam, Nagaland and Mizoram. Get into the store to check out
I wanted to stay a little longer, but time
didn’t allow me to do so. However, I was overwhelmed to have my Northeast in
Bengaluru. I extended my heartiest thanks to all the initiators and the
organisers who made the event a memorable one.