Accepted Paper:

has pdf download Street food vending: street food culture in Pune, India  

Authors:

Anjali Kurane (Savitribai Phule Pune University (Formerly University of Pune))
Shilpa Dahake (University of Pune)

Paper Short Abstract:

Street food vending is perceived as an expression of the culture of the city. The rich tapestry of India's multicultural fabric is represented by the street food. This study tries to understand street food vending endeavor in the cultural tapestry of Pune City.

Paper long abstract:

Street food vending is a universal phenomenon which is part of urban landscape of developing countries. Street food is perceived as part of traditional local culture and food culture that is distinct for a city and its identity. Street food is appreciated various class of consumers across caste, education, income, occupation and age for their unique flavors. Besides its leisurely importance it is also fulfills need of food of urban poor population.

In India one major section of the street vendors are dedicated to preparing and selling street food items with a diverse range of selection from snacks to wholesome meals. Every place has its own distinct cuisine which mirrors the ways of people reflecting their culture, lifestyle and habits. In cities vendors majorly are part of migrated population, they adapt their social and ethnic practices in their endeavor which results in introduction of native dishes. Besides this migration of students and people in different economics sectors results in changes in the food choices and requirements. The presence of informal food vendors is appreciated by many consumers, including the urban poor, office workers and tourists. With changing requirements of the customers, the vendors adapt different strategies for food vending. As a result, process of street food vending can be perceived as an expression of the culture of the city. One such city is Pune city which exemplify the increase of street food vendors. This study tries to understand street food vending endeavor in the cultural tapestry of Pune City.

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Food culture and food business