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Each year during December there is an air of festivity in Ahmedabad with many food festivals being held when the weather is perfect, cold but not the biting cold of North India. Also, this is the time when non-resident Gujaratis descend to the city in the thousands, so, families are celebrating with their NRI cousins, uncles and grandparents and there is a general air of festivities. This is also the time when lots of marriages take place in the city so again lots of relatives and friends are in the city to join in the celebrations.
December is also the month when good fresh produce is also available, green vegetables fresh from the fields and these are celebrated in various preparations like Undhiyu, Lilotri Kachori, Green Tuvar Thotha and many other dishes. So it is also time to celebrate all this in various food festivals held here from the Ahmedabad Food Fest to the Satvik Food Festival, both of which are held around the same time.
We bring you the best food festivals in the city in December so choose according to your preference or visit them all and enjoy December with fun, food and family, the 3 F’s which matter.
List of top 5 food festivals in December in Ahmedabad:
Ahmedabad Food Fest
The much-awaited Ahmedabad Food Fest will be held at Utsav Lawns in GMDC grounds on December 21, December 22 and December 23. Here people will be able to enjoy vegetarian and non-vegetarian food varieties as restaurateurs, café owners, street food vendors, caterers, home cooks and home bakers showcase their foods all at one place. This year Himachal Tourism is a partner at the festival and will be showcasing Himachal cuisine. This is the fourth edition of Ahmedabad Food Fest and celebrity 'Chef Ranveer Brar' will be holding his master class at the fest.
Satvik Food Festival
This is a very popular food festival in Ahmedabad. This festival is being held for the last 14 years and it is a celebration of Indian traditional food festival. It will be held on December 22- December 25, 2018 at IIM grounds. It is held to create market-based incentives for agro-biodiversity and promote traditional foods. It also showcases the linkages between higher nutrition, food and diversity. Thousands of food lovers flock to the IIM grounds to taste Indian traditional foods and produce.
Ahmedabad Food Flea
The Ahmedabad Food Flea will be held from December 21 to December 23 at Kantam Party Plot on Sindhu Bhawan Road from 04:00 pm onwards. Here you can enjoy gourmet Indian and International food. The Ahmedabad Food Flea is being organized along with Urban Flea where there will be music, games and dance along with Indian and International cuisine for people to enjoy.
For foodaholics in Ahmedabad, FOOD BELT is the 14th Weekend Window's 14th Edition of this group. FOOD BELT is where you find all the awesome food complimenting the equally awesome shopping excursion at Gujarat's Happiest Shopping Festival. This 3-day event will be held at YMCA on S G Highway on December 21 - December 23, 2018. It will be open from 04:00 pm to 11:00 pm. You will find restaurateurs, home bakers, home chefs and even students showcasing their food here.
Christmas Carnival 2018
This is a dance and dine event being held at Loyola Hall in Memnagar in St Xavier’s High School Campus in Ahmedabad on December 26 from 07:00 pm onwards. Here apart from food stalls there is will a live band and a live turkey counter. This is an event open to all but one has to obtain passes and it is being organized by the Catholic Association of Ahmedabad. This is a dance and dine event being held at Loyola Hall in Memnagar in St Xavier’s High School Campus in Ahmedabad on December 26 from 07:00 pm onwards. Here apart from food stalls there is will a live band and a live turkey counter. This is an event open to all but one has to obtain passes and it is being organized by the Catholic Association of Ahmedabad.
A published author working on her second book, Sonal worked for many years as a journalist in The Indian Express, The Asian Age and DNA Newspaper where she regularly reviewed restaurants and wrote about food. She worked in Nairobi as a general manager of a group of restaurants in another era. She loves experimenting with food but is also known for her Biryanis and Kababs and even her baking skills. She likes travelling to little known places and if she finds quaint eateries it just makes the trip more fun. Currently based in Ahmedabad, she is happy with the growing awareness of gourmet food in the city.