Puneites experienced a perfect family weekend outing at ‘MH 12 Khau Galli,’ a two-day festival that concluded on Sunday at Mahalaxmi Lawns, Karve Road. It was a unique food festival, which had food stalls along with other shopping and entertainment options.
The visitors treated themselves from a wide range of food stalls, which included biryani (veg and non-veg), burgers, sandwiches, chaat, rolls, Thai cuisine, Kolhapuri dishes and spices, Nagpur dishes, modak, dairy products, tandoor, paratha, mutton kheema, misal, cold drinks, ice creams, jalebis and much more. Jyoti Shinde, who was eating at the tornados food stall, said, “This is a unique dish. My daughter loved it.”
Also, there was a stall of Kesari Tours and Travels, electronics stalls, Lokmanya Multipurpose Co-operative Society stall, eco-friendly plates stalls, which were made from Erica (supari), leaves which can be decomposed. Harshal Saklecha, the owner of the eco-friendly plate stall, said, “There are plates, bowls and spoons, which can be decomposed. Basically, these are made of Erica leaves. If thrown on the ground, it will itself get decomposed. It is not harmful even if eaten by any animal. The response for this initiative is very good as people are purchasing the products in bulk.”
Harshad Jhodge, Assistant Regional Manager of Lokmanya Multipurpose Co-operative Society, said, “We are in collaboration with Sakal from last many years. We deal in banking sectors, tours and insurance. We have also kept a discount coupon for the visitors. Any visitor, who comes here for an enqiry, we write down their name on a chit of paper and put it into the lucky draw box and after every 30 minutes, we announce the name of a person winning the lucky draw contest. In this contest, the person winning the coupon will have to choose a stall where we will be paying the bill for the food that the person eats.”
The area of the lawn was fully crowded with people enjoying various cuisines. There were also sitting arrangements made for the convenience of people. Food lovers were continuously visiting the stalls and tasting all the variety of food, which was available at the stalls. At many stalls, people were also paying the money by Paytm. The stall owners said, “Not all foodies are paying through Paytm but 10 per cent of the visitors are making the payment by an electronic mode of payment.”