Hilton India celebrates sustainable food with Wakao Foods tie-up


Hilton India, in partnership with Wakao Foods, has put up a sustainable food showcase in the form of a food festival dubbed The Wakao Fest, featuring an exquisite menu with jackfruit as the core ingredient.

The innovative food menu, available across F&B outlets at Hilton properties in the country, is inspired by the growing appetite among consumers for sustainable and naturally available alternatives to animal-based meat.

The Amber Kitchen
The Wakao Fest unfolds at Hilton properties across India, including The Amber Kitchen at DoubleTree by Hilton Jaipur Amer (above)

With the joint vision of placing jackfruit as a sustainably sourced plant-based meat substitute, the collaboration between Hilton and Wakao Foods aims at supporting local producers and products, as well as bringing plant-based alternatives prominently to the F&B scene in India.

Prashant Kulkarni, director F&B, India-Hilton, said: “The shift towards plant-based alternatives is the most dominant trend of 2021 triggered by the growing consciousness about mindful and healthy eating. The Wakao Fest explores unique dishes that are sustainable to serve and bring guests delight.”

Sairaj Dhond, founder & CEO Wakao Foods, added: “As the world looks at more plant-based alternatives, which are healthier and more sustainable options, there is a growing interest in meatless meals off late. The versatile and indigenously grown jackfruit is bursting onto the scene and finding itself being used more often. The pop-up therefore explores the versatility of the humble jackfruit, which is considered a superfood but needs to be more relevant across the cuisine culture of the country.”

The jackfruit-based artisanal menu at The Wakao Fest has been curated by the culinary experts at Hilton to offer multiple cuisines and gourmet delights comprising starters, main course and desserts.

During the festival held from August to November 2021, guests can sample dishes like Faux Pao, The Wakao Krapow, Parmesan Polenta, and “Bar of Bliss” across the F&B outlets at Hilton properties in India, including @SAIPE at Hilton Goa, Coriander Kitchen at Conrad Pune, The Amber Kitchen at DoubleTree by Hilton Jaipur Amer, and Terazzo at Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa.

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