The weeklong Dasara food mela which begins from October 5 will feature culinary delights from across the State and the country.

Visitors can savour some of the most exotic dishes in stalls with colourful names like ‘Taste of Karnataka’, ‘Taste of India’ and ‘Chat Street’.

Rajendra, president of the food mela sub-committee, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the mela will have around 100 food stalls while scientists from the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) would certify the food quality so as to ensure hygiene.

The emphasis is on cleanliness, hygiene and safe drinking water, he said. Mr. Rajendra also said that food rates would be strictly monitored and regulated.

“As we are providing caterers with a platform where thousands of people would visit daily, we have decided to keep the rates low,” said Mr. Rajendra, adding that rates were expected to be 30 to 40 per cent lower than the prevailing market rates.

Mysore’s leading hotels such as the Country Inn and Suites and The Quorum would set up stalls while 20 to 30 stalls would be reserved for vendors selling masala puri and pani puri. These would collectively be called ‘Chat Street’, Mr. Rajendra informed.

The mela will be held at the Scouts and Guides Ground behind the Deputy Commissioner’s office. “The food mela used to be held on the CADA premises near the palace, but we though of shifting the venue to overcome the congestion,” he said. “The mela is one of the most popular attractions during Dasara and the Scouts and Guides Ground has adequate parking space for vehicles and to establish more stalls.”

The new venue can accommodate 80 to 100 food stalls.