Indian Summer Festival Gala 2016

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On July 7th, I attended the energetic spicy gala, this year’s culinary tour of South Asian cuisine curated by Chef Vikram Vij featured his friends mostly non-Indian restaurants cooking up their version of the Indian dishes, held at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Pomelo Salad (Bob Likes Thai Food)

Pomelo Salad (Bob Likes Thai Food)

Bob's Poutine (Bob Likes Thai Food)

Bob’s Poutine (Bob Likes Thai Food)

Chicken Curry (My Shanti)

Chicken Curry (My Shanti)

Goat Curry (Chef Rob Feenie and Cactus Club)

Goat Curry (Chef Rob Feenie and Cactus Club)

Mango Lassi and Mango Vanilla Gelato (Bella Gelateria)

Mango Lassi and Mango Vanilla Gelato (Bella Gelateria)

Food stations were featured throughout with culinary delights from India, all created by the city’s top restaurants including Vij’s, Café Medina, Maenam, Cactus Club and Blue Water Café to the new and hip Ancora, Bodega, Bella Gelateria and Bob Likes Thai Food; paired with fine beverages including award-winning wines and signature cocktails.

Rajasthan Josh

Rajasthan Josh

Surya Brass Band

Surya Brass Band

Rajasthan Josh from India was the featured entertainment along with the Surya Brass Band, which is one of the few traditional Indian-style brass bands in North America.

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This was another terrific gala to open this wonderful festival featuring delicious eats, wines and cocktails.

By: Richard Wolak