‘Bahuroopi’ Food Mela: A titillation of taste buds

Bahuroopi is known for its beguiling nature that allures not only theatre aficionados, but also tourists from all over the world. While ardent addicts of theatre find themselves in a state of bliss at the resplendent display of the multi-faceted nature of theatre; common man too is not left stranded. An enrapturing array of exhibits that include handlooms, handicrafts and eco-friendly products are displayed at various stalls.

But the one aspect of Bahuroopi that gathers a lot of public attention is the wide range of food stalls that is set up. The Food Mela has always been one of the highlights of Bahuroopi. One`s palate is satiated by the titillating flavours of the Uttara Karnataka region. Ramesh Paul`s canteen catering to the spicy cravings of the public, provides a lip-smacking menu that includes specialties like Jolada roti, Engayyi chutney, Mandakki puri and Bajji. Since delicacies from Uttara Kannada region are in great demand, two more stalls by S C Chikmath and, Kamala and Anil Kumar have been set up, that serve a spicy Endgai with Jolad roti along with various chutneys like Shengai chutney, Uchal chutney and Agasi chutney. Kamala and Anil Kumar`s stall is known for Bagalkote specialities like Akki roti, Ragi roti and Avarekalu chutney.

The stalls set up by Ramanna and Sons and Bhuvi Naturals are also major attractions. Known for their hygienic ways of preparing Churmuri, `Ramanna and Sons’ Churmuri Corner’ is a must. Their `Pomegranate and Datta Special’ is the most sought after chaat in the mela.

Even health freaks can feel at home with Bhuvi Naturals’ healthy organic food that include Navane Laddu, Kempakki Chakli, Millet`s Muffins and Navane Paysa. It`s a hit among yoga practitioners and patients of diabetes and high blood pressure. Other eateries selling popcorn, sweet corn, Dharwad Peda, Belgaum Kunda, fruit juices, fruit chat and ice creams have also been set up.

A minor glitch

 Unlike previous years, the food stalls this year have been set up at the far end of Kalamandir, a good distance away from the stalls selling handlooms and handicrafts. The stall owners are anxious about the turnout of visitors, as many people are unaware of these stalls having been set up at the rear end. There is a general opinion among the stall owners that banners and indicators at the right places would have helped the visitors in easily locating the food stalls. Some theatre enthusiasts also deeply felt the non-provision of plug points and availability of mineral water bottles and cans.

– Pratheeksha G


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