CM opens food fair: few stalls yet to tickle taste buds

Ahara mela, or the food fair which is a sure attraction year after year held during Dasara was inaugurated by chief minister Jagadish Shettar at CADA premises in Mysore on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and chairman of Dasara Food Festival Sub-committee M Rajendra offer sweets to the inmates of Chayadevi Orphanage in Mysore on Tuesday. DH PHOTO

Those who expected an aroma of freshly prepared food items and colourful display of snacks at the Ahara mela were disappointed as several stalls were yet to open.

Though stalls have been allotted and names of the allottees had been pasted on the respective shops, business is yet to start.

The popular Bangarpet pani puri stall put up at the premises was opened by Deputy chief minister R Ashok, by cutting the ribbon and tasting a plate of mouth-watering pani puris.

N P Shastry of Hubli, who had set up a stall selling jolada rotti had the privilege of supplying lunch for the chief minister.

Accompanied by yenegayi, tomato chutney, shenga chutney, kai palya and godi hudki, he said he was given the opportunity to supply the delicacies as part of the lunch to the CM. However, Dasara food mela sub-committee had organised lunch for the CM and the other dignitaries on the premises. 

Apart from stalls selling chat items, there are also stalls that are selling fish, chicken kebabs, Bannur palav, a shop selling bun butter gulkand, pav bhaji, Davangere benne dose, samosa, kachoris, jalebi, mirchi vada, special authentic hot jalebis and a lot more. For the first time, a stall selling holige has been set up, where women from Harihara prepare hot ‘bele obbattus’ to pamper the taste buds.

The shops are sure to attract the food lovers from nook and corners of the city and also tourists who throng the city during the ten-day extravaganza.

KISF soon

Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok, who was also present said, process is on to recruit around 2,000 constables, who would be provided special training and deputed at important places like Palace and other places under Karnataka Industrial Security Force (KISF) similar to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

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