Foodies, Assemble! Mahalaxmi Saras Mumbai 2019 (22nd Jan onwards)

If you want to experience the best of rural Indian culture (especially Maharashtrian cuisine), please do yourself a big favor and head to the Mahalaxmi Saras expo at MMRDA Grounds in BKC, Bandra East, Mumbai starting 22nd January this year!

Back in 2014, on the morning of 31st of December, my aunt casually mentioned to me about this expo – 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‘ (rural cuisine) and handicrafts from across India under one roof, making it a melting pot of cultures and indigenous cuisines.

Ever since then, i’ve been looking forward to Saras every single year!


Mahalaxmi SARAS 2019 dates:
22 Jan – 04 Feb, 2019

महालक्ष्मी सरस 2019 जानेवारी 17 – फेब्रुवारी 4, 2019
ह्या दिवसांतर्गत आयोजित केले जाईल

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 16th year now, Mahalaxmi Saras 2019 will be held from
22nd January – 4th February, 2019
at BKC, Mumbai.

Saras 2017 Vlog by Arun (fellow blogger)

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, I started traveling in 2007 while choosing to shuttle between Goa and Mumbai as 'home'. An epic life-changing trip to South America an year later gave birth to this blog, Exotic Gringo.

Blog Comments

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?

Is this started from 17 or 22nd ?? Lil confused.

hi Prashant. it’s starting from the 22nd – they revised the dates, hence there is some confusion around. but the good thing is that it’ll be now on till the 4th of Feb.

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

🙂 i’m glad and can’t wait for this fair to return!

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

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

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

We prefer bandra west near Lilavati hospital why you shifted to Bkc sir last when exhibition in bandra west we went 2-3 times with family n friends. So requesting you please keep in Bandra west.

i agree with you Sujata, but i am not associated with Mahalaxmi Saras in any way at all – i just genuinely love it and i miss the old location too. hope you do visit the fest and have a great time anyway 🙂