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A weekend getaway that rides farm-to-fork wave

Updated: Oct 25, 2016 16:20 IST
By Pallavi Aman Singh

New Delhi [India], Oct 25 (ANI): Living a healthier lifestyle doesn't have to mean just cutting back on portion sizes, glugging green juices or banning booze. Why not book a hale and hearty holiday break? It might be a weekend outing to a farm.

V Resorts is a new age travel solutions company that provides standardised premium experiences in the leisure travel space. After working so hard, there are times you want to be pampered and just be at leisure in a spectacular but unobtrusive landscape. That's a code this company claims to work by. Each resort is a self-contained destination by itself.

Recently, Delhi woke up to the smells of freshly-cooked Indian cuisine with a twist, coupled with slight tinges of fine wine. The occasion was a unique Farm to Fork brunch at V Resorts Farm Stay Delhi, organized to promote the concept of consuming locally-produced organic food products.

The weather was perfect, the location, a judicious distance from crowded Delhi was green, lush, quiet and was reminiscent of a merry meal in the middle of the hills.

With highly-processed food becoming staple, fresh and healthy produce has become scarce, ridding marginalized farmers of their livelihood. V Resorts, staying true to their mission of engaging and nurturing local communities while promoting sustainable development, decided to bring the concept of slow food to the affluent urban of Delhi.

The brunch spread, curated by Chef Tarun Sibal of One Fine Meal, consisted of Indian delicacies cooked from fresh vegetables and fruits, few grown on the company's farms and the rest sourced from the neighboring small farmers.

The event, while bringing an experimental dining experience to its guests, demonstrated the viability and judiciousness of the Terra Madre concept embraced by more than 2000 local food communities around the world. Terra Madre, Italian for 'Earth Mother,' is a worldwide network of local communities of small-scale food producers, including farmers, fishermen, breeders and food artisans, which focuses on local sourcing and consumption of food in a way that safeguards the environment and communities.

"We use this as a marketing ground for ourselves to showcase our different elements. The idea is that for 3-4 thousand bucks you can take this farm and enjoy for a whole day. There are staffs. We have kitchen gardens, where we are not mandated on what we grow, and this one of the many things you get at the resorts. You can choose your food and cook it yourself or give it to the cook," Aditi Balbir, Founder & CEO of V Resorts, told ANI.

She added, "It's not a hotel and so people have their privacy."

Talking about the concept, Balbir revealed, "People in the cities are stressed and are looking for new experiences. These concepts existed before; it's not that they didn't exist, but we came in to make the experience more professional." (ANI)