The second day of the ongoing “Street Food Festival” at the Constitution Club here saw a huge turnout of food lovers on Saturday.

Making the most of the weekend, a large number of people kept thronging the makeshift venue all day long. On offer were an assortment of dishes from Delhi, West Bengal, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and other States.

The three-day festival has been organised by the National Association of Street Vendors of India.

Describing street food as the best in the world, Union Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan said India has the potential in this kind of food but the country lags behind Thailand and other East Asian countries.

A five-member delegation from Singapore Tourism is monitoring the way the festival is being organised.

According to NASVI’s programme manager Ranjit Abhigyan, the second day saw over 25,000 footfalls. “Ten thousand food lovers came on the first day. The festival’s basic objective is to demonstrate the cooking skills of street vendors. They are second to none when it comes to knowledge about what constitutes delicious and healthy food. We also wanted to dispel the misconception among the middle class and policymakers that street food is unhygienic and unhealthy.”

In future, NASVI will collaborate with Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation to host such festivals in the city.

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