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#KarachiEat 2019: Chaat, chocolate and churros — a guide to Karachi’s biggest food festival

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  1. AZADPAKISTAN2009

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    t’s time for residents of Karachi to prepare themselves and their taste buds for some unusual treats. Karachi Eat is back for the sixth time and it’s bigger than ever.

    The city’s biggest food festival began at 4pm on Friday at Beach View Park in Clifton and will continue till Sunday.

    Famous for introducing the most unique and one-of-a-kind food, this year the festival will be stepping up its game by introducing 90 new items.



    Here is our verdict on the new food at Karachi Eat.

    First things first, how you’re going to enter

    There is a separate gate for vendors and a separate one for families. Following the same pattern as the previous years, there are no single males allowed. The ticket costs Rs350 this year, which is Rs50 more expensive than last year’s ticket.

    Be prepared for long queues because people reached the location an hour before the gates opened.

    Da Booda

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    If you are a vegan this should be your first (and possibly only) stop at the festival. Da Booda is introducing Organic Vegan Buddha Bowls in Karachi for the very first time.

    First of all, this colourful bowl of greens, roasted veggies, beans, chickpeas, quinoa or brown rice is both nutritious and easy on the eye.

    You can make your own bowl by mixing carbs — brown rice and sweet potato — then you can protein by selecting between red beans and chickpeas.

    Lastly, you can add some veggies to your bowl. This is a perfect stop for the health-conscious since one bowl is equal to only 350 calories and that too in just Rs300.

    The best thing about this eatery is that they are using biodegradable spoons. This was the best and healthiest thing we have ever eaten in Karachi. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes and hit from the slims, it was the just the right thing to kick off the festival.

    Emaan’s Cakes

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    The Hazelnut Mocha Madness at Emaan’s Cakes has been a bestseller for five years running and we can totally understand why.

    This year they also have a Strawberry Madness dessert, a deconstructed cheesecake with fresh strawberries, which is even more of a treat given that strawberries aren’t in season.

    No Lies Fries

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    No Lies Fries has brought the best of Canada to Karachi — poutine! This take on the Canadian specialty is packed with cheese curds and fried chicken. This is the first time this dish has been introduced in Karachi. This will cost you Rs300.

    Sweet Escape

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    This watermelon Jolly Rancher-flavoured cotton candy was a hot favourite. It cost just Rs50.

    Spicogetti

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    The Malpura Madness at this stall had something missing. The traditional Memon dish didn’t taste like it should. It will cost you Rs120.

    HotBombz

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    If you’re an aaloo lover, you should definitely make a stop at this stall offering Classic HotStix which is a combination of mashed potatoes, mac n cheese and sweet corn covered in hot Cheetos crumb and topped off with siracha mayo. It will cost you Rs300.

    I Scream Sandwiches

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    This stall is offering a delicious handmade ice cream sandwiched between freshly baked cookies. The stall introduced a special for Karachi Eat priced at Rs350, The Big Chip. The cookie has salted caramel sauce.

    The Juicery

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    Pakistan’s first slow press juice bar didn’t impress us. A glass of Very Berry which was supposed to be a blend of bananas, blueberries, strawberries, honey and orange juice was a disappointment. The juice was not blended well and at a price of Rs350, it was not worth it.

    Brew Factory

    Don’t forget to get your hands on the Glittery Churro at this stall for Rs350. It’s really yummy and the glitter is edible!

    Wrappeite

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    Wrappeite is known for its delicious burgers and fries and this time around, they have come up with something new — bread bowl lasagna! Yes, you read that right. With a perfect blend of spices and cheese, this will be the coolest looking lasagne you’ve ever tried and that too only for Rs350.

    Shrooms

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    The hunter beef buns from Shrooms will leave you wanting more. If you love hunter beef then this should definitely be on your list. The buns were soft and the generous portion of hunter beef that came with them was more than enough to satisfy our taste buds. Each bun costs Rs100.

    Popaholic

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    Popaholic, known for its crazy popcorn flavours, has prepared a special flavour just for Karachi Eat called the Mars Mission. Like its name, this popcorn was on a mission to Mars chocolate with popcorn and it was definitely a success.
     
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    KARACHI: The Karachi Eat Festival (KEF), despite competition from several other smaller festivals held in the city, enjoys a cult-like status and on Friday, the event’s opening day, Karachiites thronged the Beach Park in Clifton to partake in the latest culinary offerings that aim to push the traditional boundaries of fast food and gourmet meals.

    “With around 95 food stalls this year, almost 56 are of home cooks, or budding ‘foodpreneurs’, who don’t have restaurants of their own, who are the real gems of the festival,” says Omar Omari of CKO Event Architecture, the organisers of the festival.

    There are many success stories that have come out from the KEF. Wingitt, Desi Gali, Jucy Lucy all started off as stalls at the KEF and ventured out and became big businesses. Babamoo is one such success story that has emerged from the KEF and has made a name in Karachi’s culinary world.

    ‘Karachi is an audience hungry for innovation in the area of food’

    Run by brothers Ibad and Nabil, along with two other partners, the Babamoo stall was in full swing on the first day as the orders had already started rolling in moments after the KEF was officially open. “When we first took part in last year’s KEF we wanted to launch an item that hadn’t been introduced to foodies in Karachi before — the jacket potato and innovative toppings. To be honest we had not expected it to sell much as it was a niche product. However, the outcome and feedback we got was tremendous. Within five hours we had sold off the stock we had planned for three days.”

    The brothers opened up their first restaurant in March. Nabil is of the opinion that “Karachi is an audience hungry for innovation in the area of food and the KEF is an essential place that provides a platform to budding foodpreneurs.”

    Tayyaba Gul’s patisserie tucked away in one corner at the KEF is another such home-based venture that is introducing to the Karachi audience flavours from France. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, she returned to Pakistan almost two years ago and established Le Saint Honoré Pâtisserie, which focuses entirely on French desserts. Her signature offering are smaller versions of the St. Honoré cake, also known as St. Honoratus cake, which is a pastry named for the French patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs.

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    According to Omari, the design philosophy behind KEF is to make the festival look premium but making it accessible to everybody. This allows those from all walks of life access to a shared space at the same time, and on Friday the KEF seemed to have successfully accomplished this vision.

    A parking map, event layout and stalls list is provided on the Facebook page of the festival. The KEF 2019 will continue on Saturday and Sunday, from 12.30pm to 10.30pm.

    Published in Dawn, January 12th, 2019
     
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  3. Pan-Islamic-Pakistan

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    Sounds fun.

    Churros in Karachi. Lol.
     
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  4. AZADPAKISTAN2009

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    Don't know about food but the organization looks proper
     
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    Yum.
     
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    the only thing I'am happy to see is the grass in the fields around that area. #Karachiisnotadesert
     
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