New Delhi: For foodies who just love to gorge on street food, a unique festival in the heart of the city promises to give them a taste of mouth-watering food dished out by vendors across the country.

The third edition of the two-day Street Food Festival under the aegis of National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) is set to be rolled out at the Constitution Club this weekend.

Ranjit Abhigyan, Programme Manager of NASVI, said through this event, the effort will be to dispel all misconceptions about street food.

"This is a unique event and is being organized first time on such a large scale. With its venue in the heart of the city, we are set to attract a large number of visitors," he said.

A large-scale awareness campaign about the event has also been launched with the help of NSVI volunteers to tell people about it, he said.
   
"Our volunteers are going to all types of places to woo potential visitors. Be it educational institutions like IIT, JNU, DU or Jamia, or various malls and multiplexes across the city or be it market places like Sarojini Nagar, we are trying to connect with as many people as we can," he said.

Abhigyan said the event is set to be a delight for food lovers with wide range of stuffs ranging from uttapam of Kerala, biryani of Hyderabad, fish curry of West Bengal to mutton korma of Uttar Pradesh.

"As many as 27 stalls from various parts of the country will be there to attract the foodies. We have targeted not less than 1000 visitors per day for the event," Abhigyan said.
   
Pointing towards another attraction of the event, Abhigyan said that a team of independent food critics will also be present to take feedback from the visitors.
   
A three-member jury of independent food critics will be there to take feedback about the food from the visitors. On the basis of the result, three best stalls will be selected and rewarded with prize money of Rs 25,000, 15,000 and 10,000 respectively, he said.

Rubbishing claims that street food is not hygienic, Abhigyan said that at a time when people are battling inflation, street food comes as a major respite for the common people.

"Even if there are some such issues, they are because we are still not an organised lot. We demand that the government bring a law to regulate street food. It will not just dispel the misconceptions of people, but will also save the vendors from all sorts of exploitation," he said.

(Agencies)