It was a Family Picnic cum Cricket Match event organised by the Marathi Association in my city. One of the chief highlights of this event was the food stalls. Anyone interested could book themselves a food stall and sell some food items there. You had to make enough for about 50 to 60 people. The task was a bit daunting because I have never cooked on such a large scale and initially I was really not sure whether I wanted to get into it . But with a lot of encouragement and support from my husband I decided to go ahead and give it a try. Going ahead meant I was cooking food for two days and constantly worrying whether it would be enough .
But before the actual cooking the difficult task was to identify what I would like to sell. We were not allowed any kind of heating facilities at the venue, so the item/s had to be such that would taste good even when eaten cold. So after a lot of brain-racking we decided on Suralichi Wadi (which is an authentic Marathi dish) and Mango Flavored Sheera(or Suji Halwa as it is called in Hindi).
At the venue after we set up our little stall the only thing to do was wait for people to come up and buy something from us. Initially very few people came to our stall. There were 2 main reasons for that . Firstly the event started at 2.30 p.m so everybody had had lunch at home and them come and secondly the stall next to me sold Wada-pav which is a very popular item so most people were obviously attracted there first.
But slowly people started approaching my stall too and die-hard marathi food lovers can never say no to suralchi wadi which is made very rarely now a days even at home. So once the word got around that I was selling Suralichi Wadi and Mango Sheera and that they tasted awesome my sales picked up. Everyone loved the two items and I even had a few ladies ask me how I had prepared the two and so on. Boy did I enjoy all the attention.
Well to cut a long story short at the end of 5 hours we had SOLD OUT. Yes , we sold everything. I was so thrilled. We also made a profit which we are going to spend by treating ourselves to something special .