National Street Food Festival has been the pioneer of organizing food festivals at the national level. The journey started in the year 2009 and continues to protect the rights of street vendors across the country. NASVI, the National Association of Street Vendors of India has been working to protect the livelihood of street vendors for the last 25 years. From being the major driving force in demanding the Street Vendors Act 2014 to organizing the Street Food Festival, NASVI has been at the forefront of it.
NSFF provides a platform for street vendors to grow, learn, and serve their delicious street food in the heart of the country, India. Practicing street food vendors from across the country participate in this festival. We made sure that every vendor had FSSAI registration and FoSTaC certificate to ensure that the participants were not only served delicious but also hygienic food.
This Edition of the National Street Food Festival took place from 29 to 31 December 2023 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium gate number 14. The festival was open to visitors between 12 pm and 10 pm on all 3 days.The responses of the participants were very enthusiastic and positive.
Every vendor came with their special food and represented their state food at the festival, many hidden foods were also discovered at this festival and this year we have brought international cousins to the tastebuds of Delhites. Street Food Vendors from Turkey, Afghanistan, Nepal, and many more participated in the festival and served the people authentic street food of their respective country.
Vendors also experimented with the cooking style and have embraced E-Cooking, Food Stall of Assam has been operating on Inductions and this has been very effective for the vendors. This was the very first national street food festival that had been organized where not a single kilogram of waste had been sent to the dump site. Besides this, it is also in full compliance with plastic base management rules where not even a single piece of single-use plastic has been used. All cutleries were made of natural leaves like pattal and wooden spoons and forks. All the organic waste was sent for composting and all the packaging plastics and paper was sent for 100% recycling.
The Panel discussion in the form of CHAUPAL has also been making an impact in the hearts of the audience, interactive sessions on topics like Street Food Culture: Gastronomy Tourism, Cyber Crime, Meditation, and much more have been discussed. The panelist in the Chaupal was attended by eminent personalities like Senior Reporter Dainik Jagran Ms. Seema Jha, Famous Influencer Mr. Anubhav Sapra from DelhiFoodWalks, Mr. Sourish Bhattacharyya Managing Editor, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) and many others personalities attended the panel discussions.
Cultural Performances have been another highlight of the festival. From Qwaali to Ghatka to Kpop to Kathak was performed by the artists. This also gave a platform and opportunity to budding artists and performers.
Apart from this, the Media Coverage of the festival has been tremendous, from All India Radio to ANI the festival was covered by the media personalities and gave visibility to the street vendors and their hard work.
The three-day festival was full of flavors, memories, and delicious food for the visitors.