The Fraser Town Ramzan Walk
We asked entrepreneurs Ameen Ahmed & Mansoor Ali who started Bengaluru By Foot to give us a first hand sense of what they do with their “Ramzan Walk”.
We started Bengaluru By Foot more than two years ago & the idea was to give our guests an experience which they would not be able to access on their own. Like a visit to see the silk weavers in action during or "Pettah" walk. Another would be take take the guests inside a Sufi dargah. Likewise during the month of Ramzan we wanted people to experience Ramzan, the festival, just as they experience visiting the different stalls and eating the food.
Being native Bangaloreans and having lived here for decades, we have been regular visitors to some of the iconic places like Albert Bakery which comes out with their special brain puffs only during Ramzan and we wanted to share these kind of experiences with our guests.
On this Iftar walk in Ramzan we begin by explaining the concept of fasting in Islam to our guests, most of whom are non-Muslims. We also tell them about the dos and don'ts to be followed during fasting, charity to be given as well as the "Eid ul Fitr" that marks the end of Ramzan. We also mention about some of the special food items that are made exclusively in Ramzan like the "Haleem, Harira, Aash" etc and also the method of preparing them at home.
On this walk, we take the guests on a walk as its helps them in developing an appetite for the next dish. We end up sampling food from at least six to eight different places and this might include fourteen different food items, depending on the crowd that we get on that day. Sometimes if the crowd is really big, we end up getting food items like "Harira" & "Aash" made from our house.
Last year, we had a lady from Morocco and she was surprised to see authentic "Moroccan tea" being served in Bangalore. These are some of the surprises we have in store for our guests. People can visit the stalls and restaurants on their own, but what sets our walks apart from this is the fact that on our walks, strangers get to bond over food and they also get to know the stories behind how the food items are prepared or originated. So if you want to experience Ramzan food with a difference, then do join this walk happening every evening till June 25th.