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When there’s wine, food and music, you can hardly complain!

11 Feb 2018 04:48am IST
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11 Feb 2018 04:48am IST
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With an aspiration to break boundaries and set new milestones as India’s leading gourmet world music festival, SulaFest has been upping its game and drawing in festival goers from across the country. The two-day music, food and wine extravaganza was held over the weekend of February 3 and 4, 2018 in the lush vineyards of Sula in Nasik. Café does a review

 

 

Here’s some trivia for those who don’t know it: SulaFest was

incepted around the same year as Sunburn was. In the last eleven years, Sunburn has had a roller-coaster of a ride with a rather long stint in Goa before making its way to Pune and has grown magnanimously in size. SulaFest, on the other hand, has had all the right reasons to stick to its permanent venue in the mystic vineyards of Sula in Nasik and has also grown significantly over the years.

With the mercury expanding north of 30 degrees Celsius in the month of February in Goa, the chilly late evenings and early mornings of Nasik make it a great weekend getaway destination. Add to that the convenience of Nasik being accessible via Mumbai and with the Mumbai – Nasik highway being one of the most pleasurable roads to drive on in India; SulaFest has seen a steady surge in the number of Goans attending the festival, particularly in the last couple of years. The rising of interest of Goans towards SulaFest could also be attributed the fact that most music festivals happening in Goa have failed to deal effectively with the monotony that plagues them. In that regard, a music festival like SulaFest provides a completely different experience set against the backdrop of lush vineyards, thereby the audiences a unique experience of the best from the worlds of music, food and wine.

The curtains came down on the eleventh edition of SulaFest held recently and akin to almost every year, this year’s edition saw music and wine aficionados register their attendance at the festival in big numbers. Held over the weekend on February 3 and 4, 2018, SulaFest 2018 saw fest-goers sway to the tunes of over 100 artists including Bollywood sensation Amit Trivedi who set the stage on fire and wowed his rapt audience. Electrifying performances by internationally celebrated artists including Gypsy Hill, electronic-folk band Crystal Fighters, Austrian music producer and performing artist Parov Stellar and vocal groove band Bauchklang also left the audiences spellbound. Whilst music enthusiasts had their passion satiated by performances on the two stages, as opposed to three stages that the festival had last year in its tenth edition; food and drink connoisseurs indulged their senses and taste buds with some of the finest flavours from across the world.

The gourmet food spread gave fest-goers the chance to gorge on a range of scrumptious cuisines including Oriental, Mughlai, Indian and Italian amongst others. In addition to award-winning wines from Sula (including their 3 recent Indian Wine Consumer Choice Awards 2018 gold medal winners), brands such as Beluga, Hardys, Mud House, Kumala, Asahi, Cointreau, Highland Queen and Pitu Cachaca added to global soul of the festival

In addition to the finest food, wine and music, some of the highlights of the festival included specially curated experiences, such as grape stomping sessions and a variety of other games. The festival also featured bonfire sessions with exclusive acoustic performances by spectacular artists, near the camping area. Some of the activities that took the crowd by storm included exclusive meet and greet sessions with the artists performing at the SulaFest tent city, treasure hunts and exquisite wine and food pairing sessions. The SulaFest Bazaar offered a selection of unique, funky items that added to the festival experience, especially for all the shopaholics!

Sula is also a pioneer in India’s wine tourism opening the country’s first winery Tasting Room in 2005 and first vineyard resort, Beyond by Sula, in 2007. In March 2017, the company opened India’s first heritage winery resort, The Source at Sula. Their annual music festival SulaFest taking place yearly in the first weekend of February is one of the country’s most awaited festivals. With over 250,000 visitors last year, Sula is one of the most visited wineries in the world and the #1 spot where Indians first taste wine.

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