It was a brand new version of the Sulafest this year. Bigger, better and packed with things to do, Sulafest 2012 on February 4 and 5, was a rocking combo of music, wine and food. The two-day event was flagged off by Harley Owners Group, the motorcycle fanatics who rode down all the way from Mumbai to the Sula Vineyards at Nashik on their Harley Davidson bikes. And then the party began! Pictured: Rajeev Samant, Sylvia Grimaldo, Drew Damskey and Cecilia Oldne
Set in Sula’s Greek-style amphitheatre in collaboration with Festival partner blueFrog, DJ Sasha opened the act, followed by an excellent line-up of bands that included Blackstratblues featuring Nikhil D’Souza, Reggae Rajahs with Steppa Style, Etienne Mbappe, Su La Take and Papon & the East India Company. All this, just on Day One.
The next day saw Mescalito on the deejay console which was followed by Soulmate and Ankur and the Ghalat Family while Sahelj Bakshi and the Dualist Inquiry brought the sessions to an end. However, it was Nitin Sawhney’s first ever live performance in India that stole the show and was the highlight of Sulafest.
Pictured: Nitin Sawhney live at Sulafest
It wouldn’t have been a Sulafest if the wine and spirits didn’t flow in the midst of the grape stomping and entertainment. Visitors were spoilt for choice ranging from Rémy Martin, Balvenie and Hendrick’s Gin to Cointreau, Mount Gay Rum and Asahi, not forgetting Sula wine. The food stalls also offered plenty of choice with Indian and international cuisines to go with the drink. The Sulafest Bazaar with many recognizable brands was a further attraction.
Sulafest, from all accounts, was an unqualified success with great entertainment, food and wine. The fun and frolic of the Festival, which was very well attended, was shot by Director Nikhil Advani who plans to produce a Woodstock-style documentary. If you missed it, maybe you’ll get a chance to experience some of the excitement.