Come winter, the Food Street in V V Puram Bangalore gets thronged by the foodies, and also the non-foodies, for the annual Avarekalu mela. This pulsating-with-life-and-fresh-aromas-festival, is held by the farmers who produce “avarekai ” (hyacinth beans), a winter specialty bean.

Avarekai aka Hyacinth Beans


Piles of fresh round and green avarekalu right from the farms, meet your eyes as you meander around the food street. Lined up with stalls, food street offered about 30-40 varieties of food, both sweets and savoury made out of this bean. Avare dosa with avarekalu sambhar , idli, akki roti, vada, Avarekai Panipuri, obbattu, holige, jalebis etc., one cannot decide, one particular food highlight from this annual festival !

The Avarekai Mela at Food Street, VV Puram concluded on 15th January 2017. Avere Mela will also be held in Malleswaram from January 18 to 22 and in Nagarabhavi from January 25 to 29. Entry to the festival is free. 

Here are some pictures from the event shared by a dear friend Ashwini, who visited the festival at VV Puram. Check out some interesting names on the menu such as Congress Masala! 🙂

For some warm and lively videos from families and friends who visited the food street..check out Avarekai Mela at Food Street Facebook page


Food stalls at Avere Mela. Pics: Ashwini Narayan


“The festival has become famous now. In the year 2000, I remember, the festival happening only on food street. When the festival is not on, the eat street is other wise a famous street food destination.” says Ashwini.


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