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The VARLI FOOD FESTIVAL is a food, wine & desserts tasting event and much more. The goal is to create a fun, interactive environment that promotes Indian dining and also incents people to attend a multi-faceted cultural experience linked to Indian Cuisine while helping the less fortunate (Net proceeds from this festival are going to charity). The following is a preliminary list of activities and ideas for the event, many of which have already been secured and some of which are still underway. Guests will receive an event program booklet that shall list the evenings tasting menu, biographies of the participating personalities, a short review of the restaurants and other exhibitors participating and list of corporate and supporting sponsors.
Restaurant Tasting Booths

The main draw of this event will be the opportunity for guests to sample and taste various dishes from local Indian restaurants. There will be 30 different restaurants & caterers, each with their own stall, and each passing out samples or tastes of some of their best dishes.

This is a great chance for restaurants to showcase their specialties and introduce their cuisine to new customers, as well as a significant draw for guests who are interested in tasting different types of Indian food and learning about Indian cuisine. Restaurants will have the opportunity to pass out coupons & special dining offers at their table.

Food and Drinks Demonstrations by world acclaimed chefs and selected restaurants

World famous chefs will demonstrate their skills in creating their signature dishes right in front of the guests and display the unique art of Indian cooking. A select number of restaurants will also feature various kinds of food demonstrations Vendors will offer world class cocktails, wines, micro-brews, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Holy Kitchens by acclaimed Chef Vikas Khanna

A Junoon Hospitality presentation- “True Business” and “Karma to Nirvana” are the 2 movies based on food in religion that will be showcased during the festival. Vikas Khanna is currently the executive Chef of the Junoon Restaurant NYC.

Varli’s Dichku Ichku Food Festival-a prologue

The upcoming food festival for children shall be introduced during this show. All proceeds from Dichku Ichku series of festivals will go to charities helping less privileged children across the world.

Cookbooks signing

An unprecedented opportunity to get a signed cookbook from one of your favorite chefs. Net proceeds from each book will go towards charity.

Red Carpet Interviews

In the VARLI world, chefs and restaurants are the celebrities and superstars, so prestige will be bestowed to them through a red carpet event during the festival.

  Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s Cooking Show

Chef extraordinaire, TV show host, author of best-selling cookbooks, and winner of numerous culinary awards, Sanjeev Kapoor will indulge the guests in a cooking show on center stage.

Sanjeev Kapoor hosts the popular Cookery Show “Khana Khazana” on TV which has been winning the ‘Best Cookery Show’ award given by the Indian Television Academy year after year ever since its inception in the year 2000. The show has completed more than 700 episodes being telecast nonstop for 14 years - the longest running TV show in any category.

Richard Quest selected Sanjeev Kapoor as one of the top five Celebrity Chefs in the world along with Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Olivier and Wolf Gang Puck and featured them in his program “Quest” on CNN channel. He also recently launched his 24 hour food channel FOODFOOD.

The Varli Spice Market Giveaway

We want you to experience the wonderful world of Indian spices and snacks - so we're giving you a complimentary gift bag that's completely customizable. Visit the Spice Market Counter and fill your bag. It's our gift for all food lovers and one more way of saying Thank You for attending.

Celebrity Chef Photo Booth

Here's your chance to snag a picture with your favorite celebrity chef! Each chef will be available for 15 minutes at the Celebrity Chef Photo Booth and will be posing for pictures with festival guests. And best of's free. So smile and let our professionals capture a photo that lets you re-live the moment long after you leave the event.

Silent Auction

Festival guests will have the opportunity to bid on exciting items such as a private restaurant dinner for 2, a cooking lesson from an experienced Indian chef, an invitation to a wine tasting event, etc.

Attending Chefs

Apart from the celebrity chefs participating in this event, a large number of acclaimed chefs from the region will be attending. This is a great opportunity to meet the wonderful chefs and cooks of your favorite restaurants.

Gift Bags

A wide variety of products will be offered to guests as gifts. A FREE V Card with one year’s membership ($10.00 value) and $ 500.00 worth of gift certificates from the finest Indian restaurants in the region will also be distributed to the guests.
Varli Food festival NYC 2011 will make every effort to keep the program as per the above description but does not hold any responsibility due to any last minute changes due to unforeseen circumstances.