The 7th edition of the Konnichiwa Food Festival concluded at DLF Avenue Saket, leaving behind a complete sensory experience, rich cultural encounters, and cherished moments. Co-hosted by the esteemed World Heritage Academy (WHA) and the Konnichiwa Japan Club, with the support of the title sponsor, Asahi Japanese Destination Management Company, the festival transcended boundaries. It seamlessly blended the finest of Japanese and Indian traditions.The festival was a culinary delight with the distinguished presence of Reve Bistro Moderne, Social, Ebisu, Asagao, and Nagomi. These renowned establishments exhibited their impressive culinary skills, creating a symphony of flavors that left attendees craving for more. In particular, Socially impressed with its alcoholic beverages, while Asagao wowed with its mouth-watering dishes, earning them top spots in the hearts of discerning festival-goers. The esteemed Konnichiwa Food Festival was graced with the presence of distinguished guests, such as Mr. Takashi Ariyoshi, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, and Mr. Koji Yoshida,Counsellor (PR & Culture). Their presence added a touch of diplomatic finesse to the festival, highlighting the solid cultural exchange and collaboration between Japan and India.
The festival not only satisfied taste buds with its delicious culinary offerings but also provided unique and immersive experiences, completely transforming DLF Avenue Saket into a cultural hub. Participants donned traditional kimonos, explored the graceful practice of Japanese calligraphy, and tapped into the tranquil art of origami. Breaking the previous attendance records, the Konnichiwa Food Festival drew 2,500 food enthusiasts on Day 1 and a remarkable 4,500 on Day 2, resulting in a grand total of 7,000 attendees.The excitement surrounding the festival was contagious, attracting foodies, culture enthusiasts, and families alike.
This year’s festival was nothing short of spectacular, boasting showstoppers that brilliantly commanded the spotlight. Among them were incredible Sumo wrestlers all the way from Japan, demonstrating their unparalleled strength and showcasing traditional Japanese athleticism. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, a captivating Japanese dance troupe took to the stage, mesmerizing the audience with their energetic and dynamic performances. By infusing Bollywood influences, they created an extraordinary blend of two distinct cultures that left the crowd in awe. It is truly a one-of-a-kind fusion that will be remembered for years to come.
The Konnichiwa Food Festival 2023 was more than a culinary delight; it was a celebration of cultures, a testament to the deepening bond between Japan and India. As the festival continues to grow, it remains committed to fostering understanding, friendship, and a shared love for the rich tapestry of Japanese and Indian heritage.