What’s happening in Mumbai’s hotels? A peek into the party circuit and events in the city… By Marcellus Baptista
Taste of Austria
The annual Austrian media lunch has always been filled with cheer and camaraderie. Such was the case this time around too as the Austrian National Tourist Office staged the media meet as part of the annual roadshow. You heard about the combination of culture and nature and Austrian Tourist Office website relaunch that provides the perfect platform to promote the varied and colourful aspects of a vacation in Austria. Also launched was the new marketing campaign ‘Journeys Through Austria’ with expertly curated itineraries.
There’s a new banquet and event space in town. It’s Link Road, formerly La Ruche, off Linking Road in Bandra. On launch night the place was abuzz with live music, flair bartenders, fabulous food and drinks. Seen on launch night were Dina Umarova and Vindu Singh, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Akbar Sami, Sayeeda and Naved Jaffery, Brinda Parekh and Ajay Kamath, Longinus Fernandes and Akbar Sami among many others. You learnt that the space houses state-of-the-art equipment for any sort of event or presentation, offers multi-cuisine menu with national and international delights and also encompasses a terrace setting ideal for lounges of party set-ups.
As they say, SulaFest gets bigger and better every year. The ninth edition was no exemption with over 10,000 people thoroughly enjoying this exciting weekend. It was a merry mix of music, wine, drinks, gourmet food, fashion, shopping and more at the idyllic environs of the vineyard in Nashik. Besides the music, the Vero Moda fashion show featuring singer Anushka Manchanda was a hit. The SulaFest Bazaar, foot massages, tarot reading, grape stomping and other activities added to the flavour. The tasting cellar tours and wine tastings were also popular. While people enjoyed Sula wines they also had a taste of Australian wines at the Hardys’ lounge. Meanwhile, ice-creams from London Dairy were paired with wine. Other drinks on offer included Asahi beer, Cointreau, Grant’s whisky, Jägermeister, Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Stolichnaya vodka. And this was complemented by food from The Bombay Food Truck, Olive Bar & Kitchen, Woodside Inn, Maroosh, Puffs & Roll and more.
The terrace lawn of ITC Grand Central was the breezy venue for the Weaves of Banaras night, part of the Make in India Week presented by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry in association with Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI). Marigold and mogra flowers blended beautifully with installations in white and gold. What you experienced was an interpretation of the splendour of Banaras captured through the creations of 12 veteran fashion designers: Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Namrata Joshipura, JJ Valaya, Ashish Soni, Arjun Saluja, Anju Modi, Anita Dongre, Abraham and Thakore, and Abhishek Gupta. The artisanal beauty of the weaves of Banaras came alive with a metaphorical twist through emblematic colours, silhouettes and surreal forms. Bubbly, beer and premium spirits kept everyone in good cheer and this was complemented by the famed ITC cuisine.