Street food vendors from 20 States including Delhi, Sikkim, Assam, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan will serve a range of exotic delicacies at a three-day grand food festival at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here beginning Friday. The third edition of the National Street Food Festival seeks to emphasise that street food vendors across the country need to be registered and trained.

According to Arbind Singh, the national coordinator of National Association of Street Food Vendors of India, the purpose behind this annual festival is to create awareness among the public that street food vendors can serve sumptuous and hygienic dishes like makke ki roti and sarson ka saag , dosa, idli, biryani and mouth watering sweet dishes.

Mr. Singh said even in malls street food has become a rage but “street food vendors are those who are braving inclement weather, official nonchalance and cooking food as soon as customers order”.

At the moment, NASVI has 32,000 members in Delhi and about 6 lakh across the country. But it speaks on behalf of non-members, who come from villages and small towns to metropolitan cities to earn livelihood.