Foodies, Assemble! Mahalaxmi SARAS Mumbai Exhibition 2020

If you want to experience the best of rural Indian culture (especially Maharashtrian cuisine), please drop everything else and head to the Mahalaxmi SARAS expo at MMRDA Grounds in BKC, Bandra East, Mumbai!

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 2020 dates:

17th – 29th January, 2020

महालक्ष्मी सरस 2020

जानेवारी 17 – 29, 2020

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 17th year now, Mahalaxmi Saras 2020 will be held from 17th of January 2020 at BKC, Mumbai.

Saras 2019 IGTV Vlog with my blogger friend Amrita

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.

Visited fourth consecutive time and it is as fabulous as every year. Great food from all corners of Maharashtra, superb organic staples, clothes and variety of products. Just loved it.

Thanks for the Vlog….Starting from 17th January till 29th January 2020

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 🙂

Hello… can anyone tell me till what time the exhibition is open… last year it was 10 am to 10 pm.

hi! though the timings remain the same, i’d recommend reaching as earliest you can in the evening, as stalls exhaust supplies towards the end of the day. it would also be most crowded on weekends and post 8:30 pm, so try to reach before that to make the most of it.

Very nice Article. Awesome pictures 🙂
Glad u liked the Mahalaxmi Saras 2019.
i was a part of Management Volunteers Team for this (2019) year.
We all try to do our best to help the hardworking women learn new things each year, so that it will be beneficial for all Self Help Groups.

If you need any help in future Mahalaxmi Saras regarding “What’s NEW this year?”, feel free to stop by at Control Room. Team is always ready to help out.