A weekend at SulaFest was a mega mix of great music, wine, drinks, gourmet food, fashion, shopping and more in idyllic surroundings of the scenic vineyards in Nashik. Here’s every little fun detail for you
(1) SHOPPING AT THE MINI BAZAAR
When there is music, wine and shopping, you don’t really need more! SulaFest had these little shops selling knick-knacks and creative items sprinkled across different areas. I found some hand-painted bottles, antique silver jewellery, hand-embroidered little clutches from Kashmir, pretty Pashmina shawls, colourful ganjis with quirky sayings for both men and women, jootis with ghungrus, dainty and French-like kitchen ware in subtle shades of white and pink and a lot more. Even if you don’t really intend to go back with your hands full of shopping bags, sometimes, it’s just a lot of fun to look around and hunt for interesting stuff.
(2) GRAPE STOMPING, OF COURSE!
The moment you look at those bunches of grapes lying in a huge wooden barrel, you simply want to kick off your shoes and jump in for some fun. The experience of squishing and squashing fresh grapes with your bare feet and feeling them between your toes is utterly delightful. Plus, grape stomping never fails to be the perfect photo op! This activity at Sula Fest was chargeable at Rs 300 per person for 10 minutes. Had it been cheaper, I would be dancing, sleeping and rolling in that tub full of purple grapes all night.
(3) SWAYING TO THE AMAZING LIVE PERFORMANCES
When the band line-up consists of The Cat Empire, Balkan Beat Box, Dub Inc, Success, Delhi 2 Dublin, Reggae Rajahs, Madboy/Mink, Tribal Flora, Rodney Branigan and Aqua Dominatrix, it’s hard not to move to the rhythm. The Greek-style amphitheater that was jam-packed with thousands of people had a certain infectious energy which gave an instant happiness boost. There was something in the air. From dusk to dawn, what you only want to do is enjoy these amazing gigs with your glasses full of chilled wine.
PS: My personal favourite was Balkan Beat Box. In case you didn’t know about the band, it first exploded at Brooklyn’s underground music scene in 2005 with a self-titled debut that unleashed into the world its Mediterranean-inflected, globalised electronica sound. Go, get onto YouTube and check out their music videos right away! I am sure you’d be impressed!
(4) EATING DELICIOUS FOOD
In between all the music, wine, foot massages, grape stomping and fun activities like tarot reading and tattooing, I indulged in some yummy delicacies dished out by The Bombay Food Truck, Social, Olive Bar & Kitchen and Woodside Inn along with some gourmet dishes made out of organic produce grown in Sula’s farms. Everything from yummy waffles and sandwiches to wraps, rolls and quick Chinese meals served in small packages was finger-licking good!
(5) GETTING HIGH ON WINE
SulaFest is indeed a wine lover’s paradise as you see the spirit flowing everywhere. There were special tastings and tours for wine connoisseurs at the Tasting Room and the rustic Tasting Cellar. I enjoyed wines from Sula Vineyards and also tried a few from Hardys, their wine partner, for more selection. If you aren’t a wine lover, there is a whole range of other beverages to enjoy along with the music. The SulaFest 2016 had also partnered with beverage brands like Cointreau, Jack Daniel’s, and Jagermeister to cater to those who do not really care for wine so much.
The best part about the fest was that you could carry your wine glasses wherever you wanted to. Enjoy the drink while bouncing to some foot-stomping music at the Atmasphere or simply relax on the narrow footpath with your buddies and sip on with gorgeous vineyards as your backdrop.
(6) POSING WITH PAINTED WALLS AND GIANT WINE BOTTLES
A wall painted by graphic designer Kanika Nanda
Love getting clicked? The poser in you couldn’t really ask for more.
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