Have you always wished to go backpacking around the world and try out exotic cuisine? While you’re dreaming for that day, prep your palate with some of the international food festivals in your city, says Anjum Chevalwala.

Cool Japan Festival @ High Street Phoenix

cool japan festivalAfter a successful kick-start in 2012, the Cool Japan Festival is back with its second edition. This weekend, High Street Phoenix is going to be buzzing with the popular Washoku (street food) section and plenty of cultural activities and display stalls. Apart from the food, what you should watch out for are the Wadiako drummers, the Anime fashion show and a chance to win free tickets to Japan. Isogu! (Hurry!)

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Middle Eastern Festival @ Foodhall

falafelsAll the shawarma and falafel fans in the house, March is your lucky month. Drop into Foodhall at Palladium anytime till the end of March and enjoy an array of the Middle Eastern cuisine. While you’re wolfing down the food, you can also learn how to make the perfect falafels and hummus at home.
The chef will be present to teach you how to make these fun dishes and answer all your many questions regarding the dish. You can also pick up a Middle Eastern Food Hamper on your way out, gift it to a friend or play master chef in your own kitchen.

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South African Food Festival @ Lotus Café

lotus cafeAspri Spirits and JW Marriott have brought South Africa to us not just on a platter, but in wine glasses too. Of all the dishes on the menu, we suggest you try the Seafood specialty soup and the grilled fish or chicken with the African grilled sauce and spicy chilli tomato sauce. The sweet flavour of the tomato and orange juice in the grilled sauce coupled with the spice from the chilli sauce makes a wonderful combination. Be warned, the Bunny chow  - a portion of bread topped with a tomato sauce gravy and vegetables isn’t as interesting as it sounds.

Pair any of these dishes with the Nederburg Chardonnay or other wines from The House of J.C. Le Roux to bring out the best flavours. Guest Chef Mohamed Mustafa recommends that you end you culinary safari with the Amarula, a cream liqueur made with sugar, cream and the fruit of the African Marula tree.

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Theme Buffet @ 24/7

24x7Tacos from Mexico on Monday, Tapas from Spain on Tuesday and the Sunday roast beef from Great Britain on Wednesday; sounds impossible? Live this dream with The Lalit as they make enjoying these cuisines for dinner effortlessly possible. Indulge in their theme dinner buffets every night, from Monday to Saturday, at 24/7 – The 24-hour Cafe. Your feasting hats (and bibs) await you.

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