Sourish Bhattacharyya and Sanjoo Malhotra
Founder Directors, Tasting India Symposium

Request the honour of your presence at the
4th edition of the Tasting India Symposium
‘Making Smart Cities Food Smart’

To be inaugurated by
Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani
Honourable Union Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development

Who will also deliver the First National Poshan Talk
and flag off a major nationwide nutrition awareness initiative for schools.

DATE: Tuesday, 17th December 2019 TIME: 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
VENUE: Multi-Purpose Hall, Ground Floor, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi.


Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
H.E. Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark in India
Mr Pavan Agarwal, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
Ms Priya Paul, Chairman and Founding Director, South Asian Women Foundation India, and Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels


10:30 to 11:30 A.M.:

The Honourable Union Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, will inaugurate the Symposium and deliver the First National Poshan Talk.

10:30 to 11:30 A.M.: PANEL DISCUSSION:

Making Maternal & Child Nutrition Matter: Turning Poshan Abhiyaan Into A Mass Movement.

MODERATOR: Kaveree Bamzai, Former Editor, India Today, and Author of No Regrets.

PANELISTS: H.E. Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark in India; Priya Paul, Chairman and Founding Director, South Asian Women Foundation India, and Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra

Park Hotels; Shaleen Meelu, Nutrition Adviser, Birmingham City Council, and Consultant, Birmingham India Nutrition Initiative (BINDI); Naina Pachnanda, AGNii/Invest India; Parul Ohri, Editor, Momspresso; and Child Champion, Save The Children.

 11:55 A.M. to 12:25 P.M.: PANEL DISCUSSION:

Rural-Urban Fair Trade Models – From Copenhagen to Guntur, to Umang at Uttarakhand, and the ‘Zero Waste’ Store at Dilli Haat.

Moderator and Lead Presenter: Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). PANELISTS: Dr Suman Sahai, Founder, Gene Campaign; Dr Bharati Chaturvedi, Founder, Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group; Line Rise Nielsen, Board Member, CPH Foodspace, Copenhagen; Kalyan Paul, Executive Director, Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation; and Nivedita Varshneya, Country Head, India, WHH.

 12:30 to 1:00 P.M.: IDEAS EXCHANGE:

Mr Pawan Agarwal, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), assesses the impact of the Eat Right India in a conversation with Meghana Narayan, Co-Founder, Slurrp Farm, and Kavita Devgan, Nutritionist and Best-Selling Author.

 2:05 to 2:25 P.M.: Keynote Address by Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.

 2:30 to 3:00 P.M.: PANEL DISCUSSION: Going Mission Mode – Why India is the Ideal Hub for Plant-Based and Cultivated Alternatives to Meat.

Moderator: Varun Deshpande, Managing Director, Good Food Institute-India.

PANELISTS: Kannan Krishnamoorthy, Renowned Molecular Biologist and Co-Founder / Chief of Technology, Upstablish; Pawan Dhar, Dean, School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ashutosh Upadhyaya, Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology, NIFTEM (Sonepat); Kavya Dashora, Centre for Rural Development and Technology, IIT-Delhi.

3:05 to 3:20 P.M.: KNOWLEDGE SESSION:

Climate Smart, Food Smart: The Dhun Model of Urban Development.

Special Address by Hotelier and Climate Change Activist Manvendra Singh Shekawat.

3:25 to 3:40 P.M.: KNOWLEDGE SESSION:

Harnessing Big Data for Food Smart Cities. Special Address by Dr Ganesh Bagler, Associate Professor, Centre for Computational Gastronomy, IIIT-Delhi.

3:45 to 4:05 P.M.: IDEAS EXCHANGE:

The Future of MilletsMeghana Narayan, Co-Founder, Slurrp Farm, in conversation with Dr B. Dayakar Rao, Principal Scientist, Indian Institute of Millet Research (IIMR), and CEO, Nutrihub; and JoAnna Kane-Potaka, Executive Director, Smart Food, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

4:05 to 4:25 P.M.: TEA / COFFEE BREAK

4:30 to 5:15 P.M.:  PANEL DISCUSSION:

Re-Engineering the Urban Marketplace: Going Local, Seasonal and Farmer Friendly.

MODERATOR: Sourish Bhattacharyya, Co-Founder and Director, Tasting India Symposium.

PANELISTS: Sneh Yadav, Delhi Organic Farmers Market; Meenu Nageswaran, The Earth Collective; Ashish Gupta, Jaivik Haat; L. Nitin Chordia, Founder, CocoaTrait; Radhika Chopra Anandan, Founder, No. 3 Clive Road; Bharat Singhal, Founder, Bili Hu.



Launched in 2017 by food writer Sourish Bhattacharyya and Stockholm-based Brand India evangelist Sanjoo Malhotra, Tasting India Symposium is a global food advocacy dialogue that brings together farmers, hospitality and tourism industries, food tech startups, policy-makers, civil society and media to discuss and debate India’s gastronomic heritage and culinary tourism potential, sustainable food future innovations,  impact of climate change on food production, cold chain management, and blueprints for food smart cities.