04 Feb

Watch the Vineyards Come Alive Again at SulaFest 2017

Sipping wine with some delectable cuisine on the sides while swaying to amazing music: isn’t this what good life goals are made of? I thought so too when I packed my bags for the SulaFest of 2017 and was definitely not disappointed. Just like every February since the past decade, SulaFest was back with a bang for its 11th edition this year. As promised by the organizers, the scale of the festival was bigger than ever this time, and the Sula Vineyards of Nashik was the place to be between the 3rd and 4th of February.

To give you a brief idea about what the buzz about SulaFest is, it is the biggest annual music and wine festival held at the sprawling Sula Vineyards of Nashik during the harvesting season of grapes. The festival has been gaining popularity since the first year and for the past five it has been going completely sold out.

Day 2:

The gooey grape-stomping session

The next day I was already excited about heading to the SulaFest grounds again. The appeal of SulaFest goes beyond music. There were over thirty gourmet food and beverages options that you can indulge your taste buds in. One of the activities that everyone lined up for, was grape-stomping. I learnt from the interviews that grape-stomping was for the first time for many around there.

If your foot needs rest from all the stomping, walking, and dancing, then head towards the foot massage stalls. Never been inked or want more ink? SulaFest has even got that covered for you. I decided to skip the inking for now as I already have many tattoos ;); I went for some more interviews with the eclectic bunch of people around.

The fun interviews of visitors and stall-owners

The most excited was this group of girls that had come all the way from Thailand, Singapore, and Korea. This was their first time at the festival and they vouched to come back again next year. What’s more is that they even did a little dance for the Peppy Traveller! Alongside the newbies were the veterans like this group that I spoke to. They come every year to the SulaFest. They said that the first year was the only year they missed it and then they planned not to miss any more of it.

The special coverage for Raw Pressery was so much fun too, and any doubts that I had about their products are all gone now that I have tasted their products. I talked to the head of marketing and she let us know a bit more about the products. This company, which happens to be the largest seller of cold-pressed juices in the country, was also the title sponsors for this year.

The final set of interviews was with the stall owners and there were some rather interesting artifacts on display. One of the most intriguing stalls was the ones selling adult toys. The owner spoke to me about his shops all over the country and even showed me some goodies like the edible candy bra, posing and monogamy. The Dream catcher stall was one of a kind as I had never seen a shop selling only dream catches of every hue and designs imaginable. I spoke to the stall owner and she said that she has been doing this with much success for the last seven years.

After spending two absolutely rocking days at SulaFest and one day touring around Nashik, I finally came back home exhausted and thrilled to the bones, while already planning for the next year!

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