Avni Mehrotra

reformed journalist

disgruntled restaurant marketer
 
always hungry, always foolish
#HappyHigh at SulaFest 2015

#HappyHigh at SulaFest 2015

If a non-concert lover can do bhangra to Young the Giant, lose their voice completely within 24 hours, then yeah, I can safely say that it was a weekend to remember.

Heading out from Thane, all the way to Nashik, with a bunch of fellow bloggers and journalists it looked like a promising weekend to everyone, except me, considering my fear of concerts and loud music.

The wine tastings

We started with Sovna Puri’s tour of the vineyard and to some of Sula’s signatures, out of which Seco Rose emerged to be an absolute favourite. This was followed by the Hardy’s tasting lounge, where we drank to our heart’s content at this Australian wine label. 

Hardys Stamp Sparkling Chardonnay-Pinot Noir (red; priced at Rs 1320) and Hardys Stamp Riesling Gewurztraminer (white; priced at Rs 960) were the clear favourites there.

The concerts

Since most of the bands are new and you can’t expect Ed Sheeran or David Guetta, but hey, that’s the way you discover music, right? Some of the highlights were Young the Giant, Lucky Ali, Nucleya and Hamza feat. Manu Idhra.

The food

Obviously overpriced, but the food ranged from some of the finest restaurants of Mumbai, including Café Zoe, Woodside Inn, Busago and MM!Maaroosh, paired perfectly with Sula wines. See the wine pairings for the Indian palate Sovna and I worked out here.

How it fares over other concerts

I have just NH7 and a bunch of college concerts for reference and SulaFest was the first concert which I attended without knowing a single artist or having any company. But after making new friends and a host of memories and pictures, which broaden my grin every time I see them, I can safely say, you will be fine even if you are all by yourself. Go with company, to keep it exciting and safe, but for the rest of us, there’s always an interesting stranger to lock eyes with.

Facts

From Mumbai- Drive down to Nashik or take train or bus. You can take city autos or rent a car once you are in Nashik. Accommodation options are available at several budget hotels.

Festival tickets-

May vary next year, but for SulaFest 2015, they were

1-day- Regular: INR 1,900

2-day- Regular: INR 3,000

VIP (Limited passes and only 2-day available): INR 5,000

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