After an action-packed start to the year with star-studded musical performances and biennial art showcases, India is upping the ante for April with an all-new set of events. We’re talking delicious pop-ups, cocktail festivals, and exquisite dinners. Here’s where we are headed this month.
With spring blanketing the country in vibrant hues – take for instance the pink trumpet flowers in Bangalore – there’s no better, more picturesque time to step out with your loved ones. And brands across cities have got the memo – curating a series of unique culinary experiences and immersive workshops to engage in. Whether you’re in the mood for some classic French Tartare de Saumon Oeuf Parfait, wish to challenge your peers to a spice competition, or need a stiff drink to kick back with after the end of a long week – there’s something in store this April for everyone. Here’s a look at all the events in India that are on our radar.
Make the best of April by heading to these events in India
International Curry Week ft. Bira 91
The third instalment of the popular International Curry Week promises to be bigger than ever – with top restaurants and chefs from across the country bringing their finest bites to the table. Paired with Bira 91 RISE – India’s first premium rice strong lager – the event will spotlight curry and malt-focused menus from Vicky Ratnani, Kavan Kuttappa (Naru Noodle Bar), Vanshika Bhatia (Petite Pie Shop), Lakhan Jethani (Mizu), Gresham (Impresario), Gresham Fernandes (Salt Water Café), Seefah & Karan (Seefah), Rahul Dua (Bhawan), Avinash Martins (Four Seasons), Jatin Mallick (Tres) and Shriya Shetty (Sly Granny). Expect bold flavours and a delicious dining experience. If you’re in Delhi, Mumbai, or Bangalore – don’t miss out.
When: April 13-29
Thai Food Fiesta
Songkran – the Thai New Year – is set to be a grand affair in India, courtesy of the Thai Trade Center of Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). On the itinerary is a Thai Food Fiesta – featuring 13 restaurants across 8 cities, each with their own unique albeit authentic menus. On display is the best of Thai produce as well as delicacies like Khao Tang Na Tang, Kai Ka-Prow, Tod Man Khao Pod, Tom Yum Soup, Goong Yang Ta Krai, Tod Mun Poo, Phad Cha Tenderloin, and more! We’re eyeing the Durian in Coconut Milk with Sticky Rice – a true classic. Don’t miss out!
When: April 10-16
Pune: Thai House’s Kitchen
Delhi-NCR: Soy X Neung Roi, Krua Thai
Bengaluru: Thai Basil
Goa: Thai N Wok
Kochi: Thai Soul, Café De Bangkok
Hyderabad: The Barn Kitchen
Sri Lankan Summer Celebrations at The Bombay Canteen
Promising the bold flavours of the pearl of the Indian Ocean on a plate – chef Rishi Naleendra of Kotuwa, Singapore has an exciting dining experience in store at The Bombay Canteen. The limited-edition a la carte menu features the most unique set of small plates, curries, preserves, desserts, and cocktails. We’re eyeing the flaky Elawalu Roti with spicy potato, Banana Blossom Puff, Jackfruit Cutlets, Kaju Curry with cashew nuts, Chicken Kothu roti with eggs, Jumbo Mud Crab with garlic butter, and Watalappam Tart. These pair like a dream with artisanal cocktails like Sip on Gara, Gurulu, and Mayura.
When: April 15-16
Where: The Bombay Canteen, S.B. Road, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel
Bengali Food Festival at The Park Hotel
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If you ask West1 at The Park Hotel – the best way to ring in the Bengali New Year is with a feast. Their menu features all the warm, sweet, spicy notes – including those imparted by the popular panch phoron – that the cuisine is known for. At the helm of it all? Chef Ananya Banerjee. Not to mention, there are cultural events paying homage to this part of India to look forward to as well. Don’t miss out.
When: April 14-23, 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: West1, The Park Hotel, Sector 10, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai
Mango Mania: The Ultimate Summer Treat at Jamjar Diner
The king of fruits has added a tropical touch to the menu of Jamjar Diner this month. On offer are delicacies like Kataifi Mango Cheesecake with cookie crumbs,Mango Cilantro Slush, Fresh Mango Iced Tea, Creamy Mango Sorbet Mango Chilli Margarita with tequila, and Mango Muse with gin. For a true taste of nostalgia, give the Mango Parle-G Shake a go. Don’t miss out!
When: Until May 5
Where: Jamjar Diner, 133, Gazebo House, 1st Floor, Hill Road, Bandra (West)
Lens of Food at KMC
In collaboration with Play Fare, KMC is set to pay tribute to the Maximum City through an immersive workshop that chronicles the history of Bombay clubs (gymkhanas) through food. This includes colonial-era club menus as well as an understanding of local rituals – post-cricket sev puri or nariyal paani with the morning news paper. These will be combined with delicious bites – Chilli Tacos with Bhavnagri chillies, spicy cheese and corn, and Pico De Gallo as well as Bombay Toastie Chip and Dip with spiced potato and toasted Ciabatta. We can’t think of a more delicious way to get acquainted with the city’s culture.
When: 5 April, 7:00 pm onwards
Where: KMC Fort
Fiery Edit Menu, 2023, No Chill Edition
Turning up the heat in Maximum city this month is the wildly popular pan-Asian destination Foo. On the menu is an unforgettable spice journey – Fiery Edit Menu, 2023 No Chill Edition – which features fourteen sizzling creations and two spicy desserts – with chillies from India, Mexico, and Thailand. Think Bhut Jolokia, Habanero, Bird’s Eye, the works – with Scoville scales indicated against each. We’re eyeing the Ghost Pepper Salmon Roll, Strawberry and Habanero Chilli Ice Cream, Spicy Chocolate Mousse, No Chill Chilli Dumpling, and Numbing Prawns. Cocktails fit the memo as well – Gunpowder with gin and green chilli tincture, Hotstepper with vodka and Thai red chilli, and Firecracker with whisky and orange-wasabi marmalade. Don’t miss out.
When: Until 30 April, 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Where: Across all Foo outlets
Spirit of Goa Festival 2023
If you’re in the sunshine state this month, expect a three-day celebration of all things Goan. The Spirit Of Goa Festival 2023 will spotlight folk music and dances, handcrafted products, artefacts, unique crops, and local culinary delights including curries and desserts. A highlight of the event? Homegrown brews like cashew and coconut feni, complete with a look at the art of brewing them and the instruments used to do the same. We can’t think of a more immersive way to get acquainted with the local culture. Don’t miss out.
When: April 21-23
Where: SAG ground in Colva
Bars From Far, Greater Than Gin
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If you enjoy swirling copa glasses of juniper goodness – India’s first craft gin Greater Than will delight you with its two-day event. On the itinerary are the best bars and bartenders from across the country who will curate the most eclectic, unique set of cocktails to sip. This includes the likes of Home from Delhi NCR, Cock & Bull from Hyderabad, Cobbler & Crew from Pune, and Hideaway from Goa – highly-revered establishments that are the best in the business in their respective regions. You could also expect to taste local food through Klaa Kitchens by Rhea Aaron, Burgerama, BuCo. India by Shriya Shetty, and more. All this, along with Bangalore’s best Disco and Afrobeat acts. Need we say more?
When: 14 & 15 April; 5:00 pm onwards
Where: Hotel Royal Orchid, No 1 Golf Avenue, adjoins KGA Golf Course, HAL old Airport Rd., Domlur
Persian Pop-up At Sheraton Grand Bangalore
This month is all about the celebration of Persian and Middle Eastern flavours at Sheraton Grand Bangalore. At the helm of affairs is chef Azi Karami who has curated the most delicious menu featuring the likes of Lebanese Tabbouleh, Doner Kebab, Joojeh Kebab, Persian Koobideh Kebab, and Baghali Polo, amongst others. We’re eyeing the Kunafar and Baklava, the chef’s signatures. Don’t miss out!
When: Until April 30
Where: Persian Terrace, Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
DJ Chetas at Magique
Wildly popular DJ Chetas – featured on the top 100 list of the DJ Magazine – is on a roll after an exciting performance in Mumbai that had 10,000 people grooving. On the heels of the same, he is bringing an unforgettable Bollywood night to Magique this month, complete with Xylobands. Expect an interactive, immersive experience. If you’re in the neighbourhood, don’t miss out.
When: April 29, 9:00 pm onwards
Where: Magique, Koramangala
Coastal Culinary Voyage at Hyatt Centric MG Road
This Sunday is all about the flavours of the sea over at Hyatt Centric MG Road. Their coastal brunch includes delicacies like Fish Mappas from Kerala, Chippi Meen Fry from Tamil Nadu, Muga Ambat from Karnataka, Chingudi Jhola from Odisha, and Macher Chop from Bengal, amongst others. There are also chaat counters, salads, deli counters, appetisers, baked delights, poolside grills, desserts, and beverages on offer. Need we say more?
When: April 16
Where: Hyatt Centric Mg Road Bangalore, Halasuru
Turkish Street Food Festival at Travellers Bungalow
For Ramadan, Travellers Bungalow is paying homage to the diverse culinary culture of Turkey – street food to old-school delicacies. On the menu are options like Simit, Lahmacun with succulent minced lamb, Doner Kebab with hummus, Urfa Kebap with pickled vegetables, Mercimek Koftesi with red pepper paste, and Ottoman Sherbet with rose water, amongst others. For dessert, give the Halka Tatlisi with crispy layered pastry, crunchy pistachios, and sweet syrup glaze a go. Delicious!
When: Until April 30, 12:00 pm – 12:30 am
Where: Travellers Bungalow, 1st & 2nd Floor, 2989/B, 12th Main Road, Indiranagar
Baisakhi Brunch at Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel
The harvest festival of Baisakhi is a grand affair at Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel. On offer is a delicious festive brunch at the all-day dining restaurant Lush. The menu includes options like Mutton Chaap, Macchi Amritsari, Bhatti Ka Murgh, Makhani Paneer, Pindi Chole,
and Lasooni Palak Ka Saag, amongst others. Not to mention, the classic Pede Wali Lassi. This is complemented by live music. Don’t miss out.
When: April 16, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Lush, Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel
French Dinner, Grand Mercure Bengaluru at Gopalan Mall
If you enjoy a good French meal, Grand Mercure Bengaluru at Gopalan Mall is where you need to be this month. The exquisite space has roped in renowned chef Alexandre K – who’s worked at Michelin restaurants and served in the famed Orient Express – for a 10-day flavour celebration featuring classics like Croque Monsieur, Tartare de Saumon Oeuf Parfait, Bisque De Homard, and Ganache au Chocolat, amongst others. Guests can expect three and four-course tasting menus and a selection of the finest French wines to keep them company.
When: Until 9 April
Where: Grand Mercure Bengaluru at Gopalan Mall, Indiranagar
Mensho Tokyo x Ramano’s Pop Up
The capital city’s most popular destination for slurp-worthy Ramen has a chilli oil celebration in store – courtesy of a collaboration with home chef Raman Okram who specialises in the condiment. The limited edition menu features options like Chicken Gyoza, Pork and Egg Cha Han, Vegan Garlic Ramen, Prawn Mazesoba, and Spicy Tori Paitan. This one will have your tastebuds singing. Don’t miss out!
When: Until 9 April
Where: Mensho Tokyo, near Blue Tokai, Greater Kailash II, Greater Kailash
Away With AiSPi – A One-Of-A-Kind Trunk Show Hosted By AiSPi
India’s most favoured luxury shopping destination – DLF Emporio – is all set to play host to a two-day event this month. The theme? Letting go and discovering joy in fashion through self expression. Expect to witness over 1000 expertly curated finds from designers across the world. This includes seven globally-acclaimed brands who will be spotlighting their work for the first time in India – Mietis (Barcelona), Gedebe (Italy), Okhtein (Egypt), THEMOIRè (Italy), L’IDÉE (Australia), Pepitos, and Silvia Gnecchi (Italy). AiSPi will also be launching an exclusive collection featuring limited-edition bags co-designed by founder Aisha Saraf Kothari and L’alingi founder Alia Zaki Ali. That aside, there’s also finds from popular designers like Rosantica, Celia B, Kat Maconie, Georgia Hardinge, and Vanina. Need we say more?
When: April 16-17
Where: DLF Emporio, New Delhi
Which of these events in India are you headed to this week?
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