Smile and Say Cheese to the Wine!
Although Wine is relatively new to the Indian continent, festivities are not. And when you combine the two, the outcome is wonderful. Wine festivals are the new fancy not just for socialites but for public as well. With the Bandra Wine Festival kick starting recently, it would only get better from now on.
The two-day festival was held on 5th & 6th of November 2016 at D’Monte Park, Bandra. This was the sixth edition in a row and had all the typical ingredients including grape-stomping, Live music, delicious food, shopping and not to mention wine tasting.
Despite social inhibitions and reservations of some, both days witnessed large crowds from across Mumbai and lived up to the spirit of the city. The open park and decorations were more like a fest and exuberant in every sense. If there was clinking of glasses at one end, then the other saw group of friends taking selfies. I went along with friends to enjoy the evening filled with sparkling wine and jolly good food.
Wine labels like Reveilo, Myra, Somanda, Grover Zampa and Charosa showcased eclectic line-up of their best tasting wines. While others like Sway and Rhythm winery brought a twist of taste with fruit infused wines. The food array had delicious and mouth-watering snacks from Maroosh, Cambay Tiger, Jus Divine and Mexican Express to name a few. Cup Cakes from Yum Crumbs were a delight.
Apart from food and wine, there were options to shop at flea stalls like Daffodils for artistic paper lamps, handcrafted jewellery with Scherazad and to sign up for a ride through lanes of Mumbai with Khaki Tours among others.
Wine enthusiasts didn’t stop with just wine /cheese tasting but also participated in the Grape stomping with their family and friends cheering aloud and also the Salsa competition while stepping on each other. For my friends who couldn’t make it to the carnival, I bought Wine bottles for discounted prices. Live band - Ram Trio was a treat for Sufi music lovers as listeners including me stood glued around the stage for a long time as the evening set in.
The event concluded with happy and high visitors appreciating the organizers for the event and looking forward for many more social evenings alike. In case you missed it, don’t be disappointed. This is just a beginning and the coming months will have many such events hosted in the country.
After the fair, I went ahead to take a walk at Carter Road nearby to enjoy the fresh November breeze with wine swirling on my mind!