Nashik: As winter goes on the wane to make way for spring – a ‘tipsy’ gourmet music festival here has 12,000 Indian and international visitors flocking to not only tickle their ‘wine buds’ but also enjoy a rare mix of music genres.
Amid the lush green landscape, the 10th edition of the SulaFest 2017 opened to a grand start on Friday in the foothills of Sahyadri mountain range.
The event, that had started as a one-day event in 2008 with 300 visitors, has burgeoned to a three-day festival that attracts a huge gathering of connoisseurs of wine, music and food from far and near.
The weekend is set to see around 17,000-18,000 visitors, according to organisers.This year being the decadal year, the festival has been scaled up with more stalls of wines and a stellar musical lineup.
At the SulaFest Bazaar – where people buy their preferred wine and liquor from the counters, Bruno Vanzan – the brand ambassador of Antica Sambuca and Volare Liqour – drew a sizeable crowd as he presented his signature style of preparing cocktails with a sprinkling of acrobatics and dance on Friday evening.
People cheered the music bands that regaled the audience with groovy foot-tapping numbers as well as soulful Sufism-soaked renderings.
Be it electro acoustic, techno, pop, electronica, rock, Indie or reggae, it was all there,
Among those to perform on Friday evening, were Zoya Mohan, Indian-origin US-based DJ known for her innovative folk-intertwined remixes; Donn Bhat, an electronic producer; Nucleya – one of the early proponents of the dance music form Dubstep; Neeraj Arya of Kabir Cafe fame; Raghu Dixit of The Raghu Dixit Project and the all-season Indian Ocean, among others.
With their Sufi-tinged numbers and numerous ‘jugalbandi’ on different instruments, Indian Ocean were the favourites of the day.–IANS
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