Karnataka: California Walnut Commission hosted its first ever California Walnut Festival in Bengaluru in association with Smoor. While addressing the gathering, Kanchan Achpal, Head of Marketing, Smoor and Chef Nikhil Naibagkar shared their views on how walnuts have a flavour profile that pairs beautifully with a variety of seasonal foods.
Explaining the usage and versatility of walnuts, Chef Nikhil Naibagkar curated an impressive Indo-Western fusion menu made particularly with California Walnuts. The festival is of one-month duration, which will offer some delectable appetizers and lip-smacking walnut desserts such as Bruschetta with California walnuts pesto and vegetables, California walnuts and potato croquettes and Raspberry and lychee sundae with roasted California walnuts to the judicious consumers in Bangalore.
According to Pamela Graviet, Sr. Marketing Director, International at California Walnut Board and Commission, "The California Walnut Festival is the city's first edition of the walnut festival dedicated to creating an enriching experience for our guests. The idea is to highlight the usage and versatility of walnuts, showcasing them as a 'go-to' nut for cooking and snacking, befitting any meal or occasion. Not only are walnuts rich in plant-based omega 3 but also an excellent source of antioxidants and fibre, providing the ultimate nutrition your diet requires. We hope our esteemed guests will enjoy this delicious and healthy treat we have in store for them and will make walnuts a part of their daily diet plans."
Kanchan Achpal, Head of Marketing, Smoor added, "Walnuts offer great taste and texture that holds up to a variety of flavour pairings. They can be served in any form - raw, toasted, candied or spiced - and incorporated into a variety of recipes. Considering the city's growing demand for healthy snacking and finger food options, California walnuts are the ideal choice for fitness and food enthusiasts."
Chef Nikhil Naibagkar who demonstrated homemade Ravioli stuffed with California walnuts and cottage cheese recipe at the event remarked, "California Walnuts are not only healthy but are also a wonderfully versatile ingredient to work with. It's great to be able to offer customers unique flavours with a promise of health in every bite. We thoroughly enjoyed working with California walnuts and hope to add more variety to our existing offering."