My Journey

A sneak peak into my professional journey so far

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“Meet your neighbours, listen to their stories, most importantly, share food."
– Anubhav Sapra

The cogent relationship that I have with food has come from the concept of sharing it. I was born in Muzaffarpur in Bihar and grew up in a neighbourhood with residents from myriad cultures. We were all very connected. If a special dish was made at our home or theirs, we would share portions with each other. Every single day, my mother used to pack food in Dabbas (Indian style tiffin boxes) which were sent to our neighbours. The best feeling was when those tiffin boxes were returned. I eagerly waited for that moment, as they were never empty.

The only time I think I have not been able to muster up a palate for food is when I was in college in Delhi. Hostel meals are infamous for their insipid taste. The most indulgent of the dishes like kheer would turn out to be watery. That is when I set out to explore the lanes of Delhi for affordable street food. By 2011, I had a job and a new life in this big city. I also had a hobby. It was to roam around the city looking for the best street food and blog about it.

Here is a timeline of how it the journey progressed after that:

  1. January 2011
    Created A Facebook Event For My Maiden Food Walk
  2. May 2012
    Changed My Blog’s Name From Street Food Of Delhi To Delhi Food Walks.
  3. September 2014
    Got Published In Spiegel Online
  4. January 2015
    Started Curating Food Festivals
  5. March 2018
    Launched India's First Street Food Awards
  6. April 2018
    Started Delhi Food Walks YouTube channel
  7. February 2021
    Awarded The Best Communication Campaign, 2021 & Overall Winner, 2021 by IRTA
  8. May 2021
    Reached One Million Mark on Youtube
  9. May 2021
    Launched My Podcast, The Anubhav Sapra Show
  10. June 2021
    Won Food Blogger Of The Year 2021 Award
January 2011

Created A Facebook Event For My Maiden Food Walk

In 2011, I organized my maiden food walk through a Facebook event. To my utter excitement, thirty food enthusiasts had joined me to discover some of the gems of Paharganj. It wasn’t a tour per se but we all bonded over one common topic that was food. It was such a fun and enriching event that more such explorations followed soon.

May 2012

Changed My Blog’s Name From Street Food Of Delhi To Delhi Food Walks.

I changed my blog’s name from Street Food Of Delhi to Delhi Food Walks. Slowly, it gained recognition among people especially the explorers. They visited my blogs and got interested in such guided tours. I began to get discerning people willing to get an immersive taste of Delhi's street food. That's how the food walks began and back then I was leading them all by myself.

September 2014

Got Published In Spiegel Online

My first media recognition happened in 2014 when I received an email from the South Asian Correspondent of Spiegel Online (a German magazine) who later joined me on a food walk. She wrote about the food walk and overnight my life changed. Since then many National and International publications like The Hindu, Indian Express, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, The National Geographic etc. have covered my work.

January 2015

Started Curating Food Festivals

I curated my first food festival, Zaika-e-Delhi, in 2015. Since then, we were a part of The Rekhta Foundation's annual festival for three consecutive years. For this we had collaborated with the best street food vendors from the city. We also provided a platform to chefs/cooks specializing in traditional cuisines, enabling them to serve a slice of their culture to the discerning audience.

March 2018

Launched India's First Street Food Awards

Street food vendors are the lifeline of a local food scenario especially in a big city like Delhi. But their hard work hasn't been duly recognized in terms of laurels. So in 2018, I organized the Indian Street Food Awards in Delhi to honour these unsung masters who have been spreading joys through their food. It was the first of its kind in India. I also took it as an opportunity to promote hygienic street food practices so that more number of people can relish the dishes I have come to love.

April 2018

Started Delhi Food Walks YouTube channel

After 6 years of food explorations from far and near, in 2018 we decided to launch ourselves on YouTube to share my overwhelming food experiences with the foodie community out there. Our first official tour for YouTube happened across Odisha. Since then it has been a rewarding journey so far. The immense love and support from our brilliant community encourages us to do better.

February 2021

Awarded The Best Communication Campaign, 2021 & Overall Winner, 2021 by IRTA

In the middle of the Pandemic, we received two coveted recognitions from the Outlook Responsible Tourism Team. The first one was for our #standwithstreetfoodvendors campaign that was undertaken to support the street food vendors who have been badly hit by the pandemic, while the second one was for our constant efforts to make meaningful communication between people and the food vendors and entrepreneurs through initiatives like talks series, virtual food experiences, weekly food exploration videos and sustained social media engagements.

May 2021

Reached One Million Mark on Youtube

Three years after launching our YouTube channel, we reached the One Million subscribers milestone in 2021. It was an euphoric moment for us. We are grateful and overjoyed at the fact that our stories resonates with so many of you out there. This has infused us with huge enthusiasm to bring you more such immersive and fascinating stories of people, food and culture from different parts of the globe.

May 2021

Launched My Podcast, The Anubhav Sapra Show

My podcast The Anubhav Sapra Show on Spotify is an extension of my dream to gather and share food stories with people from miscellaneous backgrounds. It enriches you with myriad and intriguing perspectives, insights and personal thoughts on different aspects of food. It follows a conversational format where anyone willing to know more about the food and beyond is dearly welcome.

June 2021

Won Food Blogger Of The Year 2021 Award

Won the Food Blogger Of The Year award at Food Connoisseurs India Awards, 2021 organized by Industry Live and supported by the National Restaurants Association of India. The recognition acknowledges our street and regional food explorations.


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