Mahabaleshwar Strawberry Festival 2014 on April 5-6

Mahabaleshwar Strawberry Festival 2014 is just round the corner.  So, if you are planning to travel to Panchgani or Mahabaleshwar next weekend, you can witness the most popular fruit festival in and around Mumbai.  This festival is usually planned around Good Friday to get maximum footfalls but this year the dates suggest that it’s going to be different. Unofficially, it’s a month long affair as strawberry produce ripens between March to May and one or the other company keeps on conducting such festivals. Mapro being the largest.

Mahabaleshwar Strawberry Festival

Image by Akhil Kalsh

Though, many find it over-hyped but the joy of eating fresh (not frozen) strawberries with cream topped with chocolate sauce is an experience in itself. I still remember the pleasure of digging into my hot waffle laden with strawberry and cream on the Bond Street station, beating a cold day in London.  Only a foodie can related to the beauty of this fruit which is so full of flavor, nutrients, and is extremely beautiful.

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Waffle with strawberries and cream

You can do a day trip and also arrange farm stays where you can pluck strawberries from the plants, wash them and eat them fresh right from the plant. Many guided tours are arranged across Mahabaleshwar where you can participate in the farming activities related to strawberry plantation. You can eat as many strawberries as you like and also purchase products like strawberry sauce, strawberry chocolates, strawberry jellies, jams, etc.

Prayer offered to the crops

Prayer offered to the crops. Image via Wildtrotters

Mapro is the most popular companies based out of Panchagani which produces such products. Mapro has its own shopping hub where you can taste the products before purchasing them. You can also order strawberry ice-creams, wood-fried pizzas and sandwiches at their joint. The live chocolate making mini-factory also entertains the visitors. You can also taste innovative strawberry dishes like strawberry pizza, strawberry bhel, chocolate dipped strawberries and strawberry sandwiches, etc. Cultural and entertaining activities are also arranged. Farmers pray for a better crop next year in their traditional attires and offer their gratitude to the soil.

Farmers in traditional attires

Farmers in traditional attires. Image via Wildtrotters

Not many know that Mahabaleshwar region is the largest producer of strawberry in India. Presently, 1,350 farmers cultivate the fruit in 34 villages across Mahabaleshwar. They produce approx. 13,000 metric tons of strawberries every year. Frozen strawberries are exported to Belgium, France, Sri Lanka, Australia and many other coutries. In fact, Big Bazar got strawberry festival to Mumbai in February this year for the first time. Pune is also warming up to the idea of strawberry festival. The Mahabaleshwar Strawberry Festival was started seven years back and is growing strong with each passing year.

Do visit for a gastronomic weekend in Mahabaleshwar during strawberry festival.

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Parimita Chakravorty is an author, blogger, features writer and a communications specialist. She has written for various popular magazines and websites related to beauty, fashion, jewellery and lifestyle, including HAIR India, Femina.in, BeBeautiful.in, Hello, etc. She has also contributed to various youth blogs and magazines. Her book ‘Look Stunning At Any Size’ has been well appreciated and received by the readers. Currently, she is part of India’s leading IT brand and takes care of their internal communications. Parimita is also working towards bringing awareness about Endometriosis in India; a silent epidemic which is consuming a lot of lives. She manages a page ‘Endometriosis India Files’ where patients discuss their condition and diagnosis.
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6 Comments

  1. Hi Parimita, interesting to know about this strawberry festival. Never heard of it before. I can’t spot the share button to share this post on Facebook.

    • Hi Komal. Thank you for liking the article. Please find social share buttons at the top of the article. Alternatively copy paste the link.

  2. I’ve been to Mapro, those strawberries are just super yummy :) Going there with a group and getting to pluck them off a tree would be awesome!

    • Thank you Akhil. That’s an awesome idea. You do amazing photography. Thanks a lot for letting me use your image.

  3. hello,
    i want to know that if we visit this place around 24-25 April,do u think we would be able to enjoy strawberry picking and other activities related to the fruit??
    thanks

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