A Taste of Morocco in Delhi: Moroccan Food Festival at ITC Maurya Hotel

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What image comes first to mind when you think of Morocco? For me, it’s the hauntingly beautiful Ingrid Bergman in the black & white epic “Casablanca”. Though memorable, this image is quite dated. In 2019, Morocco has far more to offer culture enthusiasts and foodies alike. I admit, I haven’t been to this mesmerizing country yet, but till then, I can enjoy the authentic Moroccan cuisine, currently being served at Ottimo by West View at ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi; at the ongoing Moroccan Food Festival.

With H.E. Mohamed Maliki, the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, at the pre-launch event; with Hicham Bayer from the Embassy of Morocco on the day of the launch of the Food Festival

MOROCCAN FOOD FESTIVAL:

To promote Moroccan cuisine and culture among discerning Indians, the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, H. E. Mohamed Maliki, has championed this food festival. ITC Maurya is the ideal location and brand to showcase the rich heritage of this ancient cuisine and culture. The festival is on till March 30, and I highly recommend a visit.

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Attendees of the pre-launch event posing with H. E the Ambassador

THE PREVIEW OF THE FOOD FESTIVAL:

Stalwarts from Delhi’s food industry were invited to an exclusive preview before the food festival was launched to public. The event started with the Ambassador introducing us to his vibrant country through a detailed presentation. We then tasted a plethora of curated dishes, served buffet style. The Ambassadress had personally designed the menu and explained Indian tastes and exigencies to the Moroccan chefs, flown in specially for this festival.

The first course includes salad-like preparations called Zalouk, Bakkoula, Carrot Macharmale, and a yummy beet dish. The main course consists of fish tagine with vegetables, pastry encrusted meatballs called Pastilla, soft and flavorful Lamb Koufta’s, a chicken dish served with olives, delightful vegetarian couscous, sweet and savoury safa (akin to sevaiyaan) served with lentils.

Each dish is unique in flavor, and beautifully presented. My favourites were the Lamb Koufta, vegetarian couscous, and the crusty Pastilla.

A wide variety of desserts are being served, including Mango Mud Cake, a cream Chalha and delectable almond fillo pastries. To wash down the richness of the food, we were served hot and flavorful Moroccan tea.

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THE MOROCCAN FOOD FESTIVAL AT ITC MAURYA:

The world is now more connected than it’s ever been. We can binge-watch the sceneries and cultural aspects of every country on social media, but we can’t possibly taste its authentic cuisine. To do so, I highly recommend a visit to Ottimo by West View at ITC Maurya, this coming week. You’ll sample fantastic Moroccan cuisine, and may be inspired to visit the beautiful country. I’m definitely planning a visit soon!

INFORMATION ABOUT THE MOROCCAN FOOD FESTIVAL:

Dates: 22nd March to 30th March, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m. onward

Venue: Ottimo at West View, ITC Maurya Hotel, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi

Price: INR 3750 plus taxes per person

Contact for reservation: 011-66325153

Email: mytable.itcmaurya@itchotels.in

A taste of morocco in Delhi

*Unless specified, all pictures are taken on my phone. Copyright belongs to nooranandchawla. Featured image courtesy- www.thespruceeats.com

** I was invited to the launch of this event, but this is not a sponsored post. My opinions are honest and completely my own.

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33 Thoughts

    1. I would love to try Moroccon food sometime. I liked the place it’s ambience. Food really looks so yummy and tempting.

  1. Morocco reminds me of the great Moroccan argan oil! 😛 I have always been interested in food from different countries and cultures… The dishes presented look really unique and delicious! Loved the post!

  2. Morocco taste in Delhi sounds amazing. I once had a change to taste the cuisine and it is something that is till there on my tastebuds. I just love it

  3. When I saw your Instagram post I wanted to know about it in detail and now I know what you were talking about. Moroccan food looks so tasty and I am longing to get a taste of it

  4. Moroccan quizzing sounds so delicious in delightful. To be able to attend a Moroccan cuisine food festival must have been a fabulous experience
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. I haven’t tried Moroccon food yet. But I’m definitely going to try them after reading your blog. Looks super delicious and tempting. Also, looks like you had an amazing experience at this event.

  6. Food lovers would definitely enjoy this place. Don’t have much idea about Moroccan food but it sure looks very appealing to me. I think it’s a great way to indulge in some.

  7. Though Moroccan food has a lot of non-veg delicacies I’m happy to see that vegetarians can enjoy this cuisine too. Excited to try it out!

  8. Beautiful pictures and well written blog. Food looks so tempting. I never tried moroccon food, would love to try this time.

  9. As a traveller, Morcco has always excited me glad that I can taste the country’s food at ITC, Maurya. The spread looks so elaborate and lip smacking plus the ambiance of ITC.

  10. Being a vegetarian I haven’t tried even heard about Moroccan food but your pics are so colorful and the food looks so tempting… I loved the deserts specially.

  11. Wow, really so tempting and delicious.. this is a good option for vegetarian as well.
    Seems like you had an amazing experience over there. Cannot wait to check out ..

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