"Eat to live".
"No, you are wrong. Live to Eat"!!!
"I am hungry".
"Dude, didn’t you just eat".
Lol! This was the only thing that was heard at the CODISSIA Grounds for past three days from evening five to eleven. As we all know food is the ingredient that binds people together. In ‘Coimbatore, the food carnival dubbed 'Eat Street binds its people. The Coimbatore District Hoteliers’ Association organised the event that offered a wide variety of foods in a fun-filled ambience.
The three-day event, which commenced on January 4, had 126 food stalls with 85 food brands from Coimbatore.The fare included vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, Tandoor from star category hotels as well as food from home delivery restaurants, mess and even from road-side stalls.
“That feeling you get when you see food is not explanatory. I am really confused here that I don’t know where to start. It's really amazing”, said Tharni, a Psychology student.
“I love food and I love everything involved with food. I love the fun of it and I love restaurants. Although I love ‘Eatstreet’ as I can eat as mucch as I want. It makes me the best foodie among my friends for sure and might be in the world," said Naresh Comble, a PG student of PSG CAS while enjoying his shawarma with a big laugh.
Every street at the venue aimed at the introduction of the famous cuisines of every restaurant in Coimbatore. It is a campaign too. “It is not only about food but an awareness drive for people on certain things that they are careless about. The plastic campaign is really strong now here and we have ensured that there is no plastic at all inside the eat street," said Rajesh, a member of the advisory committee of the event.
Sugarcane juice, chat items like pani puri, bhel puri, panji mittayi, ice creams, khulfi were among several items available at the event. “The concept was very simple here -- the food price ranges from Rs 20 to Rs 250. So take a plate and enjoy the taste of each dish from every outlet rather than having a single stuff," says Balachandran, an associate of Hotel Haribhavanam, Coimbatore.
“Eat Street is a very big platform for foodies. You can taste chili chicken from here, Manjurian from there, dessert from the other and whatever you wish to have from every outlet. And they won’t cost much. It’s like an umbrella that we can have so many things under one roof. I really enjoyed it," says a food lover Tamil Keshavan at Eat Street.
Small-scale caterers at the event gave a street ambience with their petti kadai. Lucky draws and small games were the other attractions. Silambattam, parai dance, magic shows, poi kaal kuthira and band shows entertained the visitors.
“It was not at all organised for profit but purely for entertainment and fun. It also guides to people about the dishes and hotels of Coimbatore. More than 30,000 people visited in three days," says Linson CA, a Partner of Haribhavanam Hotels.
Adequate washrooms and parking facilities were available at the venue.
Eat Street organised as a part of Coimbatore Vizha simply proves that food is a passion.