Mostly French culture is associated with that of Paris popularly known for its fashion, cuisine, art and architecture, but life outside of this city is very different and varies by region which was seen reflecting at Mumbai’s premier 10 day-long regional French Food Festival hosted by Out Of The Blue restaurant. The celebrations witnessed a unique showcase of French culture, cuisine, flavours, music, wine and heritage.
Voicing details about the idea behind hosting Mumbai’s first French Food Festival, Rahul Bajaj, director & conceptualiser, Out of The Blue said, “The idea behind hosting the French Food Festival was to bring out more than what people out here know about the French cuisine and the French Culture. Like, Art started from the gothic style of art and went down to what it is. More than the Eiffel tower and a few desserts we need to know the way the food is prepared, the way people live, the way people listen to music, etc. So getting into the depths of the entire art, culture, food, feeling of French, France was the idea behind hosting the French Food Festival.”
Speaking about the partners who helped Out Of The Blue host the festival, Bajaj informs that Out of The Blue is a food-centric restaurant and they would like to get more and more people together to help them do these kinds of events. “Right now for the French food festival, a lot of us have come together and done our share of hard work for it, like Alliance Francaise, French School of France, Anurita with her fabulous desserts, Ecole Intuit Lab with their workshops, Charlotte with her crepe making workshop, our sponsors, Bon vivant, spotted cow fromagerie, Kronenbourg 1664, and Aspri Spirit.”
The French Food festival scheduled from May 17-26 hosted different workshops, masterclasses, art workshops over the course of these 10 days. Artists from Paris specially sent their artwork for the festival. “We also had artwork contributed by the French school of Mumbai students out of which all the money that we made will be going to the charity,” adds Bajaj.
When queried about the other food festivals Out of The Blue will be focussing upon, Bajaj replied, “After the French Food Festival, we are planning to do a South-African food festival, maybe even an Australian food festival. We want our customers to have a taste of all cuisines and culinary experiences from around the world.”