Sula Fest 2015: What Not To Miss
So you’re packing your bags and scooting your merry way over to Nashik this weekend for two days of sunshine, song and Sula Festin’. However, amidst the blurry wine induced haze of mid-afternoon drinking it’s often easy to overlook some of the finer points of this gourmet festival that give it its unique charm – to avoid this, we’ve made you a list of essentials. Here are a few artists, eats and activities not to miss this weekend:
1. La Musica!
One of the most exciting draws of the festival – the sheer diversity of artists. California alt rockers Young The Giant are a festival favourite this year with charismatic Gujarati-Bengali vocalist Sameer Gadhia as their front man – a Stanford graduate turned rock star (Saturday, 7 February, 8.40—10pm, main stage). Cuban Beats All Stars are an exhilarating blend of Latin and tribal rhythms with electronic elements and socially relevant messages – with many of the members having played together in renowned Cuban hip hop band from Havana Orishas (Saturday, 7 February, 7:20pm – 8:30pm, main stage). UK based Will And The People are worthy of a listen for their quirky, feel good rhythms and rhymes (Sunday, 8 February, 4:15 – 5:15pm, main stage), while Dub heads should be sure not to miss UK based Gentleman’s Dub Club (Sunday, 8 February, 8:10 – 9:10, main stage). Indian acts on the bill to catch include bass master Nucleya (Sunday, 8 February, 9:15pm – close, main stage), and folk rock act Swarathma (Saturday, 7 February, 4.30—5.30pm, main stage). An additional attraction: being able to lay back and lie on the green green grass, ensuring a most comfortable listening experience [equally comfortable to dance on].
2. Vineyard Tours & Grape Stomping
If you so desire, take a break from the music for a little bit of exercise (and more drinking) as you stroll through the vineyard for wine tours and tastings. Feel like getting down and dirty? A traditional grape stomp is highly in order.
3. Massage Anyone?
Sore feet after a full afternoon of dancing? Get a foot massage at the Sula Bazaar and relieve those tired toes.
4. Belgian Liege Waffles at Café Zoe Stall
The much loved Bombay establishment Café Zoe will have a stall at the fest, with a scintillating menu that includes Belgian liege waffles served with sugar pearls, and their truly sumptuous burgers (served mini, for ease of consumption). Other restaurants will also be serving up nibbles to go with your vino.
5. The Sula Bazaar
Hippie-fied hair accessories, learn more about the tribal art of Warli painting from the Sahyadri Range, your future foretold with a tarot reading – the bazaar will be a colourful concoction of activities to keep you entertained in between wine glass refills.
6. Gourmet Dining – Al Fresco
Ever been to La Plage in Goa? If you love their food as much as we do, be sure to try SOLEIL – a gourmet restaurant in the vineyard run by the same owners of La Plage that uses organic produce from the vineyard in many of their dishes.
Click here for more on the Sula Fest 2015 and for the full artist line up.
Photos Courtesy: Sula Fest