Cooking with a mission

Food fest

Mouth-watering aromas wafted around the Jyoti Nivas College campus recently as the college celebrated the fifth edition of its annual food fest, aptly titled ‘Mistletoe Masala’. 

The campus was no less than a foodie’s paradise. A variety of stalls selling delectable goodies such as cupcakes, biryani, kheer, momos and chaat items like panipuri were lined up along the driveway. Affordable, appealing to the eyes and taste buds and most importantly, cooked with love, the fest saw visitors thoroughly enjoying themselves as they stuffed their mouths with all kinds of food.

Armed with coupons, the staff and students made their ways to these stalls to seek out the reasonably priced food. The stalls were proving to be a serious competition for many restaurants and stalls around Koramangala, with some making excellent sales at an unbelievable pace in a matter of few hours. 

Irrespective of the amount collected, the stall owners presented their food with big smiles, knowing that all the revenue that they were collecting would help in providing help to the needy. With this in mind, both the young chefs and customers had a good time. “I had a lot of fun. I bought a handful of coupons and ate to my heart’s content. Some of the snacks were really well-made and it feels good to be able to contribute to society in a small way, even if it’s by eating,” said Sonia, a second-year CEOEP student of the college.

As the day came to an end and the last plates of biryani were being polished off, it was clear that ‘Mistletoe Masala’ had surpassed all expectations. 
With the faculty on-board, the students were even more confident about making the fest a success. “To foster the spirit of good cheer and to 

encourage the spirit of giving and sharing in a fun way, we have the food fest in college every year. This year’s 

response has been overwhelming,” said Usha Joseph, a professor.

Chandana, a second-year PECOS student who took a stall, said that she had a unique learning experience. “We had a lot of fun cooking for our stall. We sold items like Chinese idli, boondi jaljeera and ‘chocolatey Monaco’. Since it was all for charity, I didn’t hesitate in spending all of my pocket money for the fest,” she shared.

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