A couple of years back, one of the highest rated food critic Karen Anand launched the maiden Farmer’s Market in Pune. And that was the beginning of one of the most awaited events in the local culinary scene. As expected, the market was hugely successful and that led to more such markets in other Indian cities.
The 2017 edition of the Pune Farmer’s Market was held on the 25th and 26th of February at Balkrishna Arena, Mundhwa. Contrary to it’s name, the market is usually packed with gourmet produce and offerings. You get to discover a lot of amazing products you wouldn’t usually come across in your neighbourhood. The experience is further accentuated with Live music, alcohol and pop-up restaurants.
This time too, the market did not disappoint. From cold-pressed juices, trail mixes, exotic jams, inventive spreads and sauces, vegan desserts to unthinkable creamed honey; all was on display. Varieties of breads, artefacts, wooden watches and organic vegetables completed the offerings.
Priced at INR 100 for entry, the Pune Farmer’s Market is definitely worth a visit for every foodie. Apart from discovering exciting food products, you get to sample most of the goodies before making a purchase. It is sure an exciting as well as tasty journey as you walk through the several kiosks (atleast a 100).
The most dominating product were the cold-pressed juices, for which I could spot at least 5 different vendors. Pune is fast catching up on the juice fad, something which I am vehemently against. Guys, if you have teeth, please eat your fruit. Whatever technology you apply, or however quickly you drink it after pressing; there is no match for eating real fruit with your own teeth. Anyways, moving ahead..
3 of my best finds at the market were the flavoured cheese, the trail mixes and the vegan desserts. Go Cheeses launched their desi flavoured cheese slices in imaginative flavors such as Kacchi Kairi, Schezwan and Achaar etc. I absolutely loved these and picked up a pack containing all the flavors. Also had my first taste of the ‘Pride of Cows’ milk and I must say, it is absolutely thick and yummy.
We ended our visit after a great meal at the pop up by Indigo Delicatessen, and an okayish cocktail at the High Spirits Bar. We left with bags full of goodies and wallets considerably lighter after an evening well-spent.
Looking forward to visit the next edition of the market whenever it comes back to town!
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