Free Press Journal

Weekend guide: food, music and workshop



Eat Play Love!

What: Exploding with flavours, aromas and recipes, Mumbai is about to witness a chaste celebration of wickedly delectable gourmet garnished with aesthetic cultural demonstrations at an inimitable two-day food and music festival with international productions. Visitors at the 2-day festival will journey through the culinary road of India with participation from more than 100 exhibitors from across the country giving an opportunity to foodies to feast on diverse cuisines from heritage restaurants to street food to highway dhabhas to homemade delicacies to organic fresh produce.

Apart from the food and music zone, the festival will be a playground of cultural commotion with dedicated zones to art, photography, retail, wellness, comedy, adventure sports and children. The festival will also have live performances by Lucky Ali, Alien Chutney, Ayushmann Khurrana, Zakir Khan, Baba Sehgal, Monks of Mellonwah, The Other People, Voctronica. Entry: Rs 499 and Rs 299 for kids below 12 years (free entry for kids below 5 years). To book tickets visit

When: Dec 17 & 18, 12:00 PM onwards

Where: The Turf Club, Mahalakshmi Race Course, Mumbai

The Big Binge Winter Fest

What: From delicious food, scintillating music, celebrity artist performances to a vibrant flea and loads of shopping options that caters your mood The Big Binge Winter fest brings you all of that and much more. So hop along in this crazy ride of fun with your gang of friends and family to Infiniti Mall for an amazing weekend.

When: Dec 17 & 18, 12:30 PM onwards

Where: Infiniti Mall, Malad Link Road, Malad (West) Mumbai, Mumbai

Festivelle – By women, for women

Festivelle envisions a world in which women are allowed to take a break from their daily routine and cool their heels while enjoying new experiences, both enriching and entertaining; female centric and eccentric. Curated by actors/entrepreneurs Gul Panag and Shruti Seth, Festivelle is a two-day Women’s only festival that celebrates abandonment of the daily and espousal of relaxation, revelry and quite boldly, happiness with other girlfriends. Indulge in never-ending retail therapy, eclectic music and comedy performances by the most renowned women in India, relaxing spa treatments, enlightening conversations, exciting workshops and many more.

The two-day showcase (for above 18 years) includes some kickass women performers like Madboy/Mink, Alisha Pais, Manasi Scott, Neeti Palta, Anu Menon, Kaneez Surka, Nush Lewis among others. For those of the intellectual bent of mind, there’s Kiran Manral, Pooja Bedi, Paromita Vohra, Shunali Khullar Shroff, Mini Mathur, Eefa Shrof, Jaya Misra, Maria Goretti, Shaili Chopra, Sairee Chahal among others populating the conversations. Tickets: Rs 1750 (for full access). To book visit:

When: Dec 17 & 18

WHERE: The Juhu Hotel, Pay and Park, Opp. Hotel Ramada Plaza, Mumbai Suburban, Airport Area, Juhu, Mumbai

The Mumbai Market

What: After more than 40 successful Markets across the country, with 100 local restaurants, dozens of avid home bakers and amateur chefs, wineries, organic produce and 100,000+ visitors, Karen Anand and her team are back in Mumbai.

The city’s foodies congregate to explore curated culinary experiences, meet a fresh and novel array of exhibitors from across the country and diverse spaces such as horticulture, kitchenware, cheese, home chefs, masalas, boutique food manufacturers, vegetable and fruit farmers and start up vendors who will come together to offer a super gourmet shopping experience. Live bands, wine tastings and samplings by some of India’s leading and boutique wineries, beer at great rates and some super fun contests.

When: Dec 18, 12:00 pm onwards

Where: Hotel Sofitel, G Block, Bandra East, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

Music & Dance

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Kickstart your Christmas celebrations with a pre-party at High Street Phoenix as AWESTRUNG will host two bands that outclass in fusing Indian music with contemporary western, pop and rock music. Prem Joshua & Band who are known for performing some of the best indo fusion music, will go live on the stage and perform some of their popular songs such as Sky kisses Earth, Secret Place, Shiva Moon, Funky Guru, Luminious Secrets, and others. Pioneers of an eclectic sound drawn from the depth of India’s musical traditions as well as the innovation of contemporary Western music, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Prem Joshua and his international band are a leading light in the world of Indian contemporary music.

To open the act for the International band, the indie band, Filter Coffee will kickstart the show. The two-year-old Mumbai- based band is again a pioneer of Ethnotronics which is a fusion of Ethnic and Electronic music which is Filter Coffee’s own signature brew that offers a new look at Classical/Folk music through a modern electronic perspective. Entry: Free via registration on

When: Dec 16, 6:30 pm onwards

Where: Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Contact: The Concierge Desk – 022 43339994


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Learn to make yummy treats this Christmas master Chef Mastraj Singh. Get an opportunity to learn some delicious cupcakes, puddings and stolen (breads) in this fun-filled and informative workshop. You will leave your cooking class with a gift and a collection of recipes that you have learned to prepare during your workshop.

When: Dec 16, 3:30 pm

Where: Venue: Hotel Marine Plaza, 29, Marine Drive, Mumbai

Contact: 022 22851212

Laugh Ride

Comedy at its best feat. Kanan Gilletc-week-laugh-ride-comedy-dec-15

What: A former engineer, Kanan Gill switched to a career in comedy and is a stand-up comic, youtuber and musician. He exploded onto the stand-up scene by winning the Punch line Bangalore competition, going on to win the open mic at the Comedy Store in Mumbai. He co-hosted the immensely popular youtube series Pretentious Movie Reviews with friend and fellow comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath and is a part of the popular improv comedy collective The Improvisers.

 When: Dec 18, 9:30 pm & Dec 19, 12:00 am

 Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Worli, Mumbai