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Everything you need to know about Karachi Eat 2018

We don’t say this a lot so you know it’s a big deal: our favourite time of the year is here, it’s Karachi Eat time!

The food fest, which just seems to get bigger and better every year, kicks off on 12 January, ending on 14 January 2018.

We get the scoop from Omar Omari of CKO Event Architecture, the brains behind the food shindig that has gained a cult-like following in just the four years it’s been around. It’s one of those rare events in the year we all look forward to.

Bigger than ever, this year Karachi Eat will feature a whopping 125 stalls
Last year, Karachi Eat boasted around 95-98 stalls; this year, they’ve got 125.

Popular stalls from yesteryears such as Wingitt, Chapli Kebab House, Pantry and Chai Wala to name a few will be coming back, as well as many new ones, some of which are coming all the way from Lahore and Islamabad, such as Awesamosas and Kitchen 23 respectively!

There’s going to be various different kinds of cuisines from Swiss to Parsi (hello banana leaves!) in addition to the usual suspects such as Thai, Chinese and Mexican to name a few.

By the way, Karachi Eat 2018 is NOT happening at Frere Hall
Perhaps the biggest change of all is that this year’s Karachi Eat fest will NOT be happening at Frere Hall, the venue that’s been their home-ground since inception.

“We’re setting up shop at Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Park this time around. Part of our goal with this platform is also to reclaim and activate public spaces. They spent loads of money on that park and nobody ever goes there! It’s a pity that it’s become more or less just a visual park. We want people to come check it out, it’s a gorgeous space and we’re going to be doing fireworks on the last day over the water. We’ve gotten them sponsored so they’re going to be bigger and grander,” shared Omari.

The organisers are also hoping to tackle their parking issue with the new site: “Hopefully the traffic situation will be better since we’ve got the entire Karachi Grammar School service lane and multiple empty plots around the vicinity.”

Of course there will also be valet and for all of you without transport, the fest is partnering up with Uber; people can use the promocode ‘UBER2KHIEAT’ and get Rs150 off two trips from the the ride-hailing service.

A redeemable ticket and art therapy might make naysayers happy
The entry fee this time around is Rs300 instead of Rs250 like last year but Rs100 will be redeemable from the ticket price so they’ve actually reduced the price.

The organisers will also be rolling out an app called Eatsapp where you have a directory of all the restaurants and reviews and pictures by attendees. Gotta love Karachi Eat for always innovating.

Another thing we’re looking forward to surprisingly has nothing to do with food. We’re excited to be indulging in some art therapy in collaboration with Easel Bay, which is providing paints and canvases to be set up all around the venue!

And if you’re not into art, you can always just chill out and listen to some live music. With bigwigs like Atif Aslam, Asim Azhar, Fuzon and Aaroh to name a few, we’re sure this is one concert that you don’t want to miss out on it!

Some good news for people who hate using cash; in partnership with Keenu, attendees will be able to use the Keenu Wallet mobile app, which they can add money to and pay through at the fest! How convenient is that?

Everyone has one greasy food vice that they just can’t resist. Ask Pakistanis what their guilty pleasure is and the answer is likely to be the samosa.

The man behind this joint from Lahore, Daniyal Noorani is bringing his samosas with a twist to Karachi!

They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Daniyal says it’s what’s on the inside of their samosas that counts
“We wanted to see how Karachi would respond to our product and Karachi Eat is the best place to test it out. So far we have done Lahore and Islamabad Eat and the response there has been phenomenal so fingers crossed. We launched our product at Lahore Eat and the confidence we got after that led us to create a business around an idea, so definitely think the platform pays dividends,” said Noorani.

What’s on the menu: Dam Ka Qeema, Caramelized Onion, Pizza Samosa, Reese’s and Chocolate S’more.

Grill in the City
Spearheaded by three friends, Daniyal Ali, Danial Shahid and Faizan Junani, Grill in the City is looking like a promising first-time participant.

Faizan shared, “We’ll be using all fresh ingredients and doing everything at the venue. Our menu items will be freshly made at the time of orders and we’ll take our time and little bit of customer’s time too just to provide them with freshly cooked food.”

“We are basically aiming to experiment on different types of dishes and bringing them in a way Karachiites haven’t had before. Plus we also aim to provide our customers value for money and not charge them excessive amounts. They should be happy that the quality quantity and price is totally justified.”

What’s on the menu: Crispy Corn Dogs, Nachos ala Bomba, Chicken in Waffle, Mac n Cheese Balls and Grilled Prawns and four signature sauces, Dynamite, Mexican, Sizzling Sweet Chilli and Master Blaster

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