Sumayya Riaz | Jan 4, 2018 | 0
Karachi Eat Festival 2018 – All The Highs And Lows Of The Event
After months of anticipation and excitement, Pakistan’s biggest food festival is officially underway in Karachi. Much like every year, this year too has found the festival embroiled in controversy and criticism. However, that’s not to say that the festival did not have it’s share of breakout moments as well. Here’s everything that worked and everything that didn’t.
Here are all the best parts of the festival
No doubt, the best part of this year’s edition of Karachi Eat was the never-ending list of options available for all foodies. With 125+ eateries under one roof, there was an incredible diversity in food options available. One breakout stall that has been on everyone’s tongue was 2 guys 1 grill with their donut burger receiving rave reviews from anyone who tried it.
Secondly, people found an unlikely favourite in the roof-afza stall that used the staple Pakistani drink to create different mocktails.
The different varieties of food were clearly the breakout stars of the whole festival. From snow cones to Thai-food, the festival had it all.
Another highlight of the event was the incredible musical performances, especially by Atif Aslam.
— Muhammad Osama (@Muhamma03029205) January 14, 2018
This year festival also marked the presence of Bilawal Bhutto due to the festival being held at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto park.
— Fayaz Chachar (@ChacharFayaz) January 13, 2018
Where the festival went wrong
One word that became synonymous with the festival this year was the word mismanagement. From the incredibly long queues to vendors being stuck outside the gate after the festival had started, people had a lot to say about what areas the management needed to work on.
This year saw a huge turnout and with that turnout came cases of harassment and inappropriate behaviour.
What a fucking mess #KhiEAT18 is right now. Absolute fucking shitshow in terms of management
— Asfandyar Khan (@asfand) January 12, 2018
Women relayed incidents of being groped and manhandled amidst the huge crowd. People had to wait hours for entry inside and even after that they had to wait in long queues for their favourite eateries.
Here’s hoping that the management takes all this criticism constructively and manages to use it to make sure that next year the festival is free for major complaints by all customers.