Foodies, Assemble! Mahalaxmi Saras Mumbai Exhibition 2018

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Before you remind me that Exotic Gringo is a travel blog and not a food blog, let me tell you one thing: If you want to experience the best of rural Indian culture (specifically Maharashtrian cuisine), please do yourself a big favor and head to Mahalaxmi Saras at Reclamation Grounds in Bandra!

My aunt casually mentioned to me about this expo on the morning of 31st December, 2014 – and while most of my friends were looking forward to grand NYE plans, i was sold on the simplicity of getting to experience some authentic ‘gaavran’ / local cuisine and handicrafts from across India under one roof, making it a melting pot of cultures and indigenous cuisines.


Mahalaxmi SARAS 2018 dates: 17-29 January, 2018
महालक्ष्मी सरस २०१८ जानेवारी १७-२९, २०१८ ह्या दिवसांतर्गत आयोजित केले जाईल

Here’s a sneak preview of what you could expect:


water zorbing ftw!



Kolhapuri ‘jhanjhanit’ misal pav – don’t miss this!


Roasted ‘hurda’ – my TOP favorite snack. Tastes like corn on the cob, only better.

Original local Maharashtrian cuisine

Food that comes straight from the origin – what i loved best about Saras 2015.

Surmai aka King Fish

Fresh, fried King fish


‘Thaalipeeth’ accompanied by jaggery, lentils, ‘thecha’ and yogurt


An initiative of the Government of Maharashtra to provide a marketing platform to rural entrepreneurs and artisans, Mahalaxmi Saras is an annual exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts, handlooms and food products. In its 15th year now, Mahalaxmi Saras 2018 will be held from 17th – 29th of January 2018 at Bandra, Mumbai.

For more information and updates about the event, check out the official website at


Exotic Gringo (Kaushal Karkhanis)

Leading an experimental life as a digital nomad, Kaushal started traveling in 2007 while choosing to shuttle between Goa and Mumbai as ‘home’.

  • Such a very warm and sweet event 🙂 Ill surely go and try 🙂

    • absolutely! definitely an event i will look forward to annually. did you finally go?

  • This post has fired my appetite and now I’m hungry. VERY hungry :). Great post and food shots.

  • Tejal Deshpande

    Totally worth it ! Hurdyacha thalipeeth n dahi dhapate were different than regular one we make at home.

  • prachi

    such a very good event…. all foods were lovely, tasty and yummy… lots of varieties were there in such one event… spl thalipith and all chiken dishees as well as rajasthani dishes also yummy

  • archana

    Sir we can also start such event at central park kharghar.already built food cort and large area is available.many people of differnt religions daily visit place.if we start event in raigad kharghar bhactgat will sure get income on daily basis too.thanku dr joshi.9423824249