This year's Naada Habba offers more than 170 food stalls to pick from.

Dasara Food Festival returns to the table for the first time since 15 years . The festival is part of the government's efforts to restore all the traditional components of the Naada Habba celebrations .

Mysuru, Nov. 3: The much-anticipated Food Festival is also scheduled to return to the table this year, much to the delight of gourmets around the region, as part of the government's efforts to restore all the traditional components of the Naada Habba celebrations.Those with sharply refined culinary sensibilities would have missed the smell of the aromatic rice being cooked slowly on oblong bamboo sticks before being served, piping hot, with the same flavor of the traditional biriyani enhanced by the essence of bamboo.This year, gourmands will be spoiled for choice not only by biriyani, but also a variety of other delicacies, many of which are specific to small areas of India, with 174 vendors set up as part of the Dasara Food Festival.For example, a whole variety of stalls dedicated solely to vegetarian fare and several others that serve the many egg-based delicacies to non-vegetarian outlets is bound to please gourmands.

The stalls will open at 3 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. GT Dinesh Kumar, the head of the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (Muda), was appointed special officer for the Dasara food festival, stating that it had been decided to split the stalls at two locations to better manage the situation.Visitors can sample the famous Davanagere benne dosa, the Bangarpet panipuri, and many indigenous vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.Several stalls will be dedicated to cuisine from the coast and from North India.The Food Festival was added to the Naada Habba itinerary about 15 years ago and has since become one of the main attractions of the annual fete.