‘Tis the season, folks! For Christmassy merriment, of course, but also for lovely outdoor fairs and fests in Delhi. I’m on a mission to attend and review as many of them as I can for you. Read about Zomaland, the Li’l flea, the Grub Fest, Horn OK Please, the Cocktail Village at India Cocktail Week, India International Trade Fair, Surajkund Mela, and Dastkar Nature Bazaar by clicking on each link. Today, I’m reviewing a fest I attended over the weekend at Sunder Bagh Nursery. Read on to know about Inherit 2019- a festival for Craft, Fashion, Design, Lifestyle and Heritage Tourism.
The stage is set for Sonam Kalra’s performance
Inherit is organised by the Fashion Design Council of India, in association with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in India. In addition to these lofty names, the festival is sponsored by Dabur Honey, Mrignayanee- Madhya Pradesh Government Emporium, Gujarat Tourism, Pepperfry, Central Park, Centrum, and Forest Essentials- Luxurious Ayurveda. The event is curated and produced by Teamwork. Its recent edition took place over two days in December in the sprawling lawns of Sunder Nursery, in the heart of Delhi; perfectly timed with the gifting/Christmas as well as the wedding season.
Various exhibitors at Inherit Festival
WHAT TO EXPECT AT INHERIT FESTIVAL:
Primarily a shopping festival, Inherit offers live entertainment and eating options as well. One section is dedicated entirely to haute couture by upcoming and established Indian designers. These names are popular with celebrities, and regularly showcase at the India Fashion Weeks. The Inherit Festival is a great opportunity for fashion lovers to buy hot-off-the-shelf clothes, as most of them are sold at discounted rates.
Behind the higher-priced designer stalls, there are regular exhibitors selling arts and crafts, garments, jewellery- both real and costume, handicrafts, handmade toys etc. from across India.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic in India’s sizeable counter sells traditional Czech goodies, with a Christmas theme. There are also cuisine-specific stalls in a demarcated food court, to make it easy for people to pick what they want to eat.
The live entertainment focuses on Indian folk and contemporary classical music, in a nice twist from the regular offerings at other fests.
You can buy quirky sunglasses and beautiful clothing, among other things
THE THINGS I BOUGHT AT THE INHERIT FESTIVAL:
Honestly, I didn’t visit this festival with the intention of shopping, but as a hardcore shopaholic, it was hard for ,e to leave empty-handed! I first visited the fair on Sunday morning, while my family was at the Earth Collective Organic Farmer’s Market, next door.
In quite a rush, I hurriedly picked a pair of sunglasses from local brand, India Eye. I also bought handicraft batik blocks and puzzle toys as Christmas presents for two of my son’s friends. These DIY educational activity kits were sold by the Fair Trade Forum India, and were designed by a Noida-based group called Art Bunker. I was particularly impressed with this stall. They sold a host of children’s activities (age 3 and up), as well as some interesting Indian card games from the 16th century, for adults.
Due to paucity of time, I had to leave early but I returned that evening with my favourite shopping companion- my mother! This time we roamed the entire fair, saw everything, but picked only one necklace from a contemporary jeweller.
I didn’t sample any of the food but enjoyed my cappuccino while my mom savored her tea.
The Czech Embassy stall selling special Christmas goodies; beer and mulled wine were both available
REVIEW OF THE INHERIT FESTIVAL:
Had I not been invited for this festival, I would not have known about it. There was no advertising to speak of, and no buzz around this festival at all. This was rather surprising, considering the entry was free (you have to pay only for entry to Sunder Bagh Nursery), and that it was a mix of premium and affordable shopping. However, this kept the excessive crowds away, making the overall experience quite pleasant.
I really appreciated the convenient location of this festival, the fact that they offered an eclectic mix of things to shop, and the easy layout of the festival. Sunder Nursery is equipped with clean toilets and ample parking space, making visits here easy and convenient. What really sets this festival apart from other wedding and lifestyle exhibitions, is the beautiful outdoor setting. The winter weather adds an extra charm to the affair.
I will definitely visit Inherit Festival when it comes to Delhi next, and I recommend you do as well. Bear in mind, however, this one is purely for shoppers!
Pretty decor as interesting photo-shoot backgrounds!
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