FSSAI and NASVI (National Association of Street Vendors of India) jointly organized the National Street Food Festival at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi between 12 and 14 January 2018. What began as an advocacy event for street food vendors has now become a nation-wide street food movement which is looked forward to by many street food enthusiasts in the Capital. This year the festival saw 300 regional cuisines from 25 different states of India, served will full fanfare. The festival is also being seen as a replicable model for food festivals across the country, where appropriate benchmarks for food safety, hygiene and nutrition must play a key role.
The National Street Food Festival 2018 offers a treasure trove of delicious Indian street foods with authentic flavors from the streets of India. This festival is being organized as part of the larger initiative to promote local and traditional foods as healthy and nutritious options for our citizens and which are hygienic. Around 500 best street food vendors from across the country will be traveling to Delhi and put up stalls which will be thronged by food enthusiasts, experts, and chefs from across the country. The festival also fulfills FSSAI’s broader mandate to promote safe and wholesome food.
There is an increased focus on improving the nutritional value of Indian traditional cuisines, promoting dietary diversification through fortified staples. All these moves will enrich the eating experiences for domestic and international tourists alike, and pave the way towards better economic growth, promotion of tourism and culture in our country. The initiative will help to build the confidence of our citizens in the food they get, especially the food available on the Indian streets.
FSSAI has also recently released a framework for ‘Clean Street Food Hubs’ and ‘Safe and Hygienic Food Festivals’ during the just concluded State Ministers Health Conference in New Delhi. These frameworks would set the benchmark for the unorganized street food vending as well as help in building capacities of street food vendors. This effort would go a long way to inspire citizens’ to trust safety and hygiene of Street Food. Going forward, the framework will help vendors in recognizing their skills and would play an inspirational role in creating a culture of safe food on the streets across our country.
The expected footfall is likely to exceed 70, 000 people during the 3-day long Mega event. This festival is a one-stop destination to bring together the promoters of local and traditional foods. This year’s attractions also included
- Festival Foods of India – which showcased a plethora of festive cuisines that are prepared all over the country
- Showcasing of legendary offerings of India’s most famous places of worship like temple food
- Organic Food Bazaar – Where organic farmers and companies displayed their products
- Flavors of India – modern packaged foods customized for Indian palette
- LEGENDS where 20 famous food vendors of different cities put up their stalls during the event.
The purpose of the festival is to bring street food vendors into the mainstream food scene so that they get their deserved space in the cities and gain the respect of the people. Currently, the National Street Food Festival is in its 9th edition and has also become one of the signature events of the Capital.